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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Concepts => Topic started by: Sirus the Red on Jun 25, 2012, 11:44 PM

Title: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 25, 2012, 11:44 PM
For those of you who don't know, I'm very new around here, so hello to anyone I have yet to meet (which is most of you!). After a few sketches, I have a pretty solid idea of where I want to go with my first build, though there are a few details I'm still fuzzy on. My color scheme is going to be primarily dark red (Very dark, almost black) and Silver, with black patterns and soft parts.

I want an ARC trooper-style pauldron on my left shoulder, and some kind of cloth around my neck and shoulder area, though I'm not sure if I want it to be a scarf, a full cloak, or anything in-between. I also plan on incorporating a long kama, as I have always loved them.

As for gauntlets, I would ideally like one to have some kind of blade to extend from it, but seeing as how this is my first build, I'll probably start simple and build up from there. I am thinking about building a mount for my touch-screen cell phone into the other gauntlet though, to make it look like a datapad or something. I have a few ideas for that, but again, basics first.

I'm going for an assassin-like vibe for this build, so I want to stay somewhere in the light-medium spectrum of armor classification. I'm a martial artist and a bit of a swordsman in real life, and I want my armor to reflect that vibe, as well as appear very agile.

Which brings me to weapons, of which I have decided on two so far: I'm going to make a blastsword (look it up on wookiepedia, I love it!) and some kind of heavy pistol, perhaps with a small bayonet on it.

I plan on making most of the armor out of trashcan/storage bin plastic I got from Wal-Mart, as there is no source of Sintra available near me to my knowledge. I also ordered myself a Rubies 2 piece Jango helmet from Amazon today. It should be here within a day or so, and I'm excited!

Right now I'm still cutting the plastic down into workable sheets, and I'm also tracing a few templates for the chest pieces onto them. I just have a few questions for everyone here before I do something wrong:
1) What major changes should be made to my Rubies Jango 2 piece when it comes in, before I get to customizing it?
2) Any advice on working with this trashcan plastic?
3) I see people talking about how they like to cut plastic with a dremel. I have a dremel, but is there any particular bit I should be using?
4) Any advice on molding the armor to hold a shape that conforms to me? I recently acquired a heat gun, and I'm wondering if there's a particular way to use it that I should be aware of.

Thanks for reading, I'll try to have pics up soon, either of WIP or, at the very least, concept sketches to help get my idea across.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Einn_Karel on Jun 26, 2012, 05:48 AM
4) im not sure how well it will work for the particular plastic you are using, but thermal shock is one of the best ways to get parts to form. basically you heat up the part to the point that it is pliable, then hold it in the shape you want, and then while holding it in shape, dunk it in cold water. important to note, make sure you dont over heat the plastic, otherwise it could fracture in the cold water.

as far as 1 and 2 go, use the search feature, there are countless work in progress threads on both topics. i personally would recommend reading as many as you can before your eyes start to bleed. information is key, and the more you read the more you know what works, and more importantly, what doesnt work

i will be keeping up with this thread, you choice color pallet sounds pretty wicked!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 26, 2012, 10:54 AM
4) im not sure how well it will work for the particular plastic you are using, but thermal shock is one of the best ways to get parts to form. basically you heat up the part to the point that it is pliable, then hold it in the shape you want, and then while holding it in shape, dunk it in cold water. important to note, make sure you dont over heat the plastic, otherwise it could fracture in the cold water.

as far as 1 and 2 go, use the search feature, there are countless work in progress threads on both topics. i personally would recommend reading as many as you can before your eyes start to bleed. information is key, and the more you read the more you know what works, and more importantly, what doesnt work

i will be keeping up with this thread, you choice color pallet sounds pretty wicked!

Thermal shock sounds like a good way to go. I've already done quite a bit of forum browsing, and I've seen that come up a few times. As far as one and two go, truth be told I wanted to bring it up in this thread so that when the time comes to do it myself I could just post here with any immediate questions and worries. I appreciate the tips though, and I'm glad you like the idea!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 26, 2012, 10:51 PM
Mini-update time!

I spent most of the day Photoshoping, printing, and cutting out pieces of armor that I acquired from one of the Jango templates I found from the main page, so many thanks to whoever put those up! After a bit more cutting I'll go ahead and trace them onto my plastic and get to cutting that!

Also, I ordered myself a Rubies Jango 2-piece last night, it should be here tomorrow or Thursday, and I can't wait to get my hands on it! As of right now, the only major modifications I plan on making to it (besides paint) Would be an additional blade-antenna thing (I could have sworn I saw someone sporting what I was looking for on here, but I can't find them now that I want to give them credit!) and I also plan on extending the visor trim a bit past the bottom of the helmet and sharpening the tips so that they are kind of reminiscent of fangs or somesuch. It looked rather cool when I drew it out, hopefully that will translate to the actual helmet! Which reminds me, I still need to post those concept sketches, hopefully I can get those in by Thursday.

Also, I mentioned above that I want to incorporate my cell phone into my gauntlet as kind of a datapad. I figure I would show you guys a few images of it so you can get a better idea of where I'm coming from.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to upload images here. Either it's not working or I am extremely kriffing stupid, so maybe someone can help a shiny out with that.

These extremely obnoxious links will have to do until then, sorry for all the garbage!
Flat
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&authuser=0&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbnid=FlSPgZxzol2m-M:&imgrefurl=http://mobileseeker.net/%3Fattachment_id%3D648&docid=HEvDpD1x60QI2M&imgurl=http://mobileseeker.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Kyocera-Echo-01.jpg&w=575&h=409&ei=wHDqT4uLB4mE8ASZjf3qBQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=443&sig=103910226580678550811&page=2&tbnh=128&tbnw=180&start=32&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:32,i:206&tx=71&ty=67 (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&authuser=0&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbnid=FlSPgZxzol2m-M:&imgrefurl=http://mobileseeker.net/%3Fattachment_id%3D648&docid=HEvDpD1x60QI2M&imgurl=http://mobileseeker.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Kyocera-Echo-01.jpg&w=575&h=409&ei=wHDqT4uLB4mE8ASZjf3qBQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=443&sig=103910226580678550811&page=2&tbnh=128&tbnw=180&start=32&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:32,i:206&tx=71&ty=67)

Folds out to Dual Screen!
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&authuser=0&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbnid=rriP3B62Ca03fM:&imgrefurl=http://www.sizlopedia.com/2011/03/28/sprint-to-sell-kyocera-echo-from-17th-april/&docid=i2kLZr9oseuPjM&imgurl=http://www.sizlopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Kyocera-Echo.jpg&w=500&h=451&ei=wHDqT4uLB4mE8ASZjf3qBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=369&vpy=449&dur=94&hovh=213&hovw=236&tx=157&ty=215&sig=103910226580678550811&page=2&tbnh=133&tbnw=149&start=32&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:32,i:203 (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&authuser=0&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbnid=rriP3B62Ca03fM:&imgrefurl=http://www.sizlopedia.com/2011/03/28/sprint-to-sell-kyocera-echo-from-17th-april/&docid=i2kLZr9oseuPjM&imgurl=http://www.sizlopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Kyocera-Echo.jpg&w=500&h=451&ei=wHDqT4uLB4mE8ASZjf3qBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=369&vpy=449&dur=94&hovh=213&hovw=236&tx=157&ty=215&sig=103910226580678550811&page=2&tbnh=133&tbnw=149&start=32&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:32,i:203)

The Dual screen may or may not function while attached to a gauntlet, but if I can get it to work, it would be cool!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Niabi on Jun 27, 2012, 03:17 PM
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=560.0  That should help Vod ;)
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 27, 2012, 04:09 PM
Thanks vod! I just made a photobucket account so that next time I have something to show I won't have to flood the page with links. Expect some actual WIP pics soon!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 27, 2012, 11:51 PM
Just got my Rubies 2 Piece today, and I think my fiance was almost as excited as I was! She can't wait for me to finish my build, partially so I can help her with hers when the time comes. I didn't get a lot of actual work done concerning my kit, but I did get a job! That's something right? Now I'll have a source of money that I can just throw right into the kit.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 30, 2012, 01:07 AM
Okay, so after a bit of cutting, tracing, and more cutting I'm actually starting to get somewhere! I've got my chest, shoulders, and cod piece cut out, though I'm probably gonna slim the cod down a bit, give it more of an angled and mobile look to it. Check it out!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120630_004255.jpg)

I also plan on editing the standard shoulder a bit, nothin fancy, just more...pointy. Also, I have a quick question: If I plan on having a full mantle to go with my ARC style pauldron, do I need a collar piece to be under that, even though between that and the cloak/cowl thing I plan on adding you won't be able to see it at all? Just curious, I can't quite remember the collar requirements.

Also, I mentioned concept sketches before. I wanted to redo them on my tablet, which I may still do, but until then here's a pic straight from the sketchbook:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120630_004604.jpg)

Note: I wasn't entirely focused on accuracy of plate designs in this sketch, as most of this was drawn without looking at references. Also, this was done in pen, so I kind of drew right over old stuff when I had a better idea. And pay little attention to the feet, that day was not a good day for feet, lol.

Another question, that blade-looking thing on the side of the helmet, I've seen it before, somewhere on this forum, but I have no idea what it is! It looks really nice, and fits my kit, but does anybody have any idea what it does!? If anything?

I plan on doing a segmented backplate with an incorporated jet system ( not nearly as bulky as a jet pack, but allows me to close distances) I also plan on having boosters on the back of my shin plates, and I fancied the idea of elbow jets as well (Which would make for one heck of a punch!)

I'm looking forward to feedback from you guys, and please tell me if I'm overstepping any bounds with these ideas! I'd rather know now than find out once I have work started on something!

Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: BobaFiend on Jun 30, 2012, 02:40 AM
As for gauntlets, I would ideally like one to have some kind of blade to extend from it, but seeing as how this is my first build, I'll probably start simple and build up from there.
Anything spring loaded or sharp and pokey is not allowed for an approved costume per CRLs as it presents a danger to those around you, especially when you have restricted peripheral vision

I am thinking about building a mount for my touch-screen cell phone into the other gauntlet though, to make it look like a datapad or something. I have a few ideas for that, but again, basics first.

Remember that in the Original Trilogy there were no touch screens. Everything was press buttons and simple 2D LCD screens. Bascially think 70's tech and a retro vision of what a dirty future might be. IMO touch screen gaunts don't fit this vision but you can do it if your really want so long as the device is completely enclosed and hidden.

I plan on making most of the armor out of trashcan/storage bin plastic I got from Wal-Mart, as there is no source of Sintra available near me to my knowledge.
Trash cans are great for your first build and getting a skill set built up but they do not hold their shape properly. You will be able to heat them up and bend them but they will return to their original orientation over time because of how the totes/ trash cans are made. I buy all my Sintra online on USplastics.com. It's called expanded PVC foamboard.

I also ordered myself a Rubies 2 piece Jango helmet from Amazon today. It should be here within a day or so, and I'm excited!

This is really the same deal as the trash can armor.  Good for a first build to get skills but beyond that it's really not that useful.  The helmet is the centerpiece of the costume and the first place people look.  I would recommend upgrading to an Asok helmet or M-DSB if you can find someone reselling one. 
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 30, 2012, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the feedback Bobafiend! But as far as the phone idea, I do recall seeing several examples and mentions of datapads with touch screen technology,, mainly in the expande universe. Rest assured, I plan on integrating it into the gauntlet in such a way that its not recognizable as a phone. As far as my building materials I plan on upgrading everything to sintra eventually, and thanks for the source!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Ralin Voth on Jul 01, 2012, 07:14 AM
You can do a fixed blade on your gauntlet, but it should be made of a softer material so that it is less likely to injure a bystander. Spring loaded is a no-no.

You can use your phone, as long as it's completely enclosed inside it's mount so you can't see it other than the screen.

Also check your local sign shop for sintra. They'll usually sell you a sheet at a good price.

If you put in the work and the effort, a 2-piece can be a great bucket if it's the right size for you. I've more than once told someone "Nice bucket, can I see it?" then looked inside only to see it was a J2P. Bondo'ing the seam and smoothing it out perfectly, and adding a steel craft ring to the edge of the bucket are the keys to making it look it's best.

Segmented back plates are popular for their flexibility. Cool idea with the jump jets on it too. That could look really awesome. Also, take a look at Cad Bane as he has the leg jets like you're talking about adding. I don't think I've ever seen anyone add jets to their arms, but I don't see why you couldn't. Although in reality I think it would make for a badly dislocated shoulder! =p

Even with all that other stuff you'll still need a collar plate. As for the shoulders, you can do them almost any way you want. I even know of a guy who cut a salad bowl in half and used each half as a shoulder bell!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jul 01, 2012, 09:04 AM
Thanks Ralin! I was NOT planning on making the blade spring loaded, I was thinking that I would hide some kind of knob that I can use to slide it in and out at will. Also, what softer materials would you recommend that would also be durable?

Thanks for the sintra tip, I'll keep an eye out.

Also, can you send me a link to something that explains what you mean about the steel craft ring? I haven't found any mention of that on the tutorials I've viewed concerning RJ2Ps.

Cad Bane was definitely an inspiration for the jets, though I plan on having mine on the back of the leg instead of the sides. I feel like that would make more sense for what I want. I figure the elbow jets would mainly be for stability bursts, though I could only imagine what would happen if I activated them in the middle of a punch!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Ralin Voth on Jul 01, 2012, 09:46 AM
I'd use a piece of sintra myself. I've seen it used on other kits, so you should be fine. I imagine you could find a kid's rubber knife and use the blade off that too. I seem to remember a guy with a rubber knife he got that was for paint ball or airsoft for up close kills, that would work too. Just don't use metal or wood, and don't give it a pointy tip, just round it off a bit.

Here's a tutorial for a craft ring on a one piece. It's the same principle. Some people don't mind the look of the J2P, but I find it looks more aggressive all flared out. It's up to you though. I got mine from Tandy leather, it was the only local place that i could find that had them in large enough sizes.

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=27431.msg388435#msg388435

Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jul 06, 2012, 02:35 AM
Ok, small update time! I'm sorry I'm not able to post more of these, between my other costuming projects and the (finally successful) search for employment, I'm only able to work on my kit in small bursts, though I'm pretty much always thinking about it. I finally scored some sintra after hunting down a local sign shop that I had passed about a million times in my life, so I'm pretty much condemning all of my plastic bin armor to template status and re-cutting my pieces out of sintra. I also nabbed about 10 feet of 4" pvc pipe that I intend to convert into gauntlets and snin/knee armor, as well as some pipe fittings that seemed perfect for my integrated jetpack idea. I'm still working on finalizing a design for my backplate, but I figure it will end up changing once I go to construct it anyway. I also finished cutting out the vent holes in my Jango 2 piece, and am learning how to use bondo via trial and error on the range finder. I tried just bonding the seams, and hated how it was turning out, so I slapped it with a heavy coat of the stuff and am sanding it down back to shape. Hopefully by the time that's all done I'll be ready to bondo my bucket together! I'll post some more pics once I start shaping!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 20, 2012, 10:59 AM
Hello again! Sorry for the wait between updates, I've been busy with work and I had to finish a scythe commission within a rather small amount of time, so that kind of sucked up my Mando time. I haven't forgotten about it for a second though, and I've been keeping my eye out for goodies lately. Here are a couple of things I found at an Army Navy store while Me and my brother were shopping for airsoft gear.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120807_160758.jpg)

Pardon the low quality, my brother isn't the best photographer. Anyway, this is a flight suit that I found there for $50. It was a little loose, but I don't know if that's bad or not. My question is does it look good to you guys? Does it look like it has the right fit and look to it? On a side note, I've been curious if there are any better alternatives to a flight suit out there for someone who lives in Florida. I've heard about Dickies coveralls, scrubs, and even underarmor being used as alternatives, but I'm willing to sacrifice some comfort to make this kit look great. I'd love some input though!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120807_162327.jpg)

These are some pouches I found after looking around. Apparently they're used police belt pouches, and some of them certainly look used, though you can't really tell in the picture. I forget how much they were, but I recall it not being too bad. I was curious if these would be acceptable for my kit. I kind of like the look of them, and there is an entire bin of belts that these can hook onto if I decide to get them.

I found other small goodies there as well, but these are what stuck out for me. I'll be in the area tomorrow, and I would like to pick some this stuff up before it disappears. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't wasting my money on something I couldn't use.

Also, I finally got to cutting my armor out of sintra now that I have it. It's kind of disappearing fast, mainly because I'm sharing the same sheet with 3 other people, but we'll probably be picking more up soon. Anyway, I did my first run of shaping the other night, and I still have a lot to learn, but here's a pic of how most of it came out.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120819_011036.jpg)

Pardon the poor alignment, it was 1 AM after a long day of work, and we had to wake up in a few hours for the next shift. Also, the tape I used to keep the armor in place was not sticking very well. And before you say it, I am well aware of the "Rule of Thumb", and the armor looks a lot better when it's following that rule. You can tell that some of the bends aren't completely smooth, I plan on fixing that. I'm shaping it with a heat gun and I'm using the hottest setting and focusing on where it will bend the most, please feel free to yell at me if I'm doing it wrong or suggest a better method.

I also started working on my backplate, which I plan on integrating jet thrusters into. I tried shaping it to mold to my back perfectly, which didn't go so well. It fits decently well, but it isn't very smooth or pretty. I think I'm just going to mess with the design a bit, maybe slim it down some, and try not curving it to much. It will still curve to fit my back some, but I'm not going to make it as severe as what I tried before. Also, the flatter it is the easier building the rest of it around my pvc thrusters will be, as a flatter surface will be much easier for a sintra n00b like me to work on.

Anyway, I'll have a bit more free time coming up, so I'll try to update more frequently. Please lay on the feedback!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Niabi on Aug 20, 2012, 02:40 PM
I use a Dickies cover all ;D its great (but then i would say that  :laugh: )

I dont see a problem with those pouches ;)

Plates : This is what im seeing.

collar plate needs to move up so its closer to your neck.. then all the other plates need to move up so they are have correct spacing. the top of the chest plates need to line up with the outside edges of the collar plate ;) so they may need a small trim.

Not a bad begging Vod ;) keep at it and you will get there :)
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 20, 2012, 03:03 PM
I was thinking the same thing about the collar plate, it definitely needs to be moved up and the rest of the armor will move with it. I need to get a picture with them placed better posted up here. I will note that I plan on having a scarf or something wrapped around my shoulders low enough that it will probably cover that collar plate, but that's no excuse to not get it right anyway! I might take another swing at shaping later tonight once it cools off, my workspace has no air conditioning minus a small fan.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: BobaFiend on Aug 20, 2012, 04:50 PM
FYI the end of the ab plate should lay right on or just above your navel.  They really only cover your upper chest and belly. The space below on Fett is covered by the cod, girth, and ammo belts.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 20, 2012, 06:05 PM
Yes, I realize, that's about where it sits when it's all put on correctly. Thanks for the feedback though!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 22, 2012, 02:13 PM
So me and some local shinies got together again last night and got some more work done. I'm still not terribly great at this heat shaping thing, but I'm slowly getting better! I also picked up my flight suit and belt along with some pouches yesterday, here's a pic of most of my progress thus far:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120822_022004.jpg)

I need to adjust my chest plates to match up with my collar, though I'm wondering if I can actually trim some of the left side of the collar down and move it over to the right so I can more easily mount my left pauldron, which is reminiscent of an ARC pauldron, and is kind of large. I'm also attempting to work on my backplate with integrated thrusters. I don't have any pictures yet of my pauldrons or back plate, I'll make sure to get some soon. I also need to get started with securing and bondoing my helmet.

Here's a closer look at my belt and pouches:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120822_113300.jpg)

I picked all of it up at Al's Army and Navy store in Orlando. I like the texture on the everything, and it's all used, and looks pretty well weathered. Also, most of the stuff I buy at conventions is small stuff like buttons and other nic-nacs, which will all fit nicely in the pouches. My wallet also fits pretty snugly in one of them, so it all seems pretty convenient.

Speaking of nic-nacs, I stumbled upon a few boxes miscellaneous plastic airsoft pieces at Al's Army Navy. I found a few possible treasures while I was digging, and though I didn't pick any up while I was there (spent enough money on the flight suit and belt and pouches) I'll certainly keep them in mind. Have a look:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120821_163151.jpg)

I might find a use for those someday for helmet or weapon greeblies.

Also, after browsing the PVC section of Home Depot, I stumbled upon some lovely looking couplings that remind me of grenades. I know they don't have the classic thermal detonator look, but they do kind of remind me of some of the flash or emp grenades I've seen while playing Republic Commando.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120820_092106.jpg)

I know I'm going for an Assassin build, but I think that a flash nade would be very handy for a quick getaway or a rapid breach. Let me know what you guys think on that idea.

And finally, here's a sketch of the blast sword I plan on making for my kit:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120821_142403.jpg)

I plan on constructing it primarily out of MDF, though the barrel will probably be PVC pipe. The blade itself will probably be half an inch thick, and though I'm not sure quite how long I want it, around 3 feet is probably a safe bet. Here's hoping I'll have more to post soon, I look forward to everyone's feedback!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 23, 2012, 09:28 AM
Alright, so my backplate has been giving me some trouble over the last few days. As I have mentioned earlier, I wanted a jet pack to be integrated into my backplate for a more mobile, streamlined look. I actually kind of dislike calling it a jet pack, because the way I would want it to be used is to kid of keep me at a hover a few feet off the ground and propel me forward at great speed, with some minor jumping capability, but that's not super important to the build. Anyway, I finally came up with something that looks like it might work, here's a few shots of it:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/JetBackWIP.jpg)

It's kind of got the classic Star Wars boxy look to it, but it still takes up much less room then most if not all other jet packs and such that I've seen. I plan on having some nozzles poking out of those openings at an angle to give the look that it won't take you straight up, as well as adding some greebs, but not too much as to keep the streamlined look. The openings on the side facing up will probably be extended at a downward angle to close those holes up. I did this last night, and there was nobody up to hold it up to my back to give an indication of it's size and where I want it, but I'll try to get some of that up soon!

My next major challenge with this thing is going to be shaping it to curve to my back. I don't plan on getting a major curve on it, enough so that it looks like it fits me well, but it probably won't be anything to drastic just to avoid complications with how everything comes together. I was also thinking it would be cool to rig some orange lights in my nozzles once I get them in, to give the appearance that this thing is ready to take off whenever. I personally have no experience in such things, but I have a neighbor who puts the glowy lights in the Disney World costumes, so I will be calling upon his knowledge if I do decide to do that!

Also, now that I look at it, these wouldn't make bad back sheaths for dual blades or something. Might have to remember that for any future builds!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 23, 2012, 10:26 AM
Trim the sides of the Chestplates down so they are even with the collarplate.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 23, 2012, 11:19 AM
If I keep the collar plate the way it is, the chest plates will certainly be trimmed down to match. I would like an opinion or two on redesigning the collar plate by taking some of the left section off and moving it all over to the right so that I can mount my ARC-ish pauldron without the collar interfering.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 23, 2012, 12:48 PM
Depending on how far the pauldron comes down, you could always cut the collar into segments and remove what would be covered under the pauldron.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 23, 2012, 12:53 PM
That's kind of what I was alluding to. I'll play with it. Does the collar piece look to small as it is now, or are my chest plates just to big?
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 23, 2012, 12:58 PM
Just the chestplates are too wide. Plus you'll need to move everything up an inch ;) .
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 23, 2012, 01:04 PM
Sounds good, I'll trim them down the next time I work on my kit. Next time I do an armor mock-up I'll raise the plates a bit higher as well. Thanks for the feedback.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 23, 2012, 01:08 PM
You're welcome ;) .
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 24, 2012, 10:54 AM
Alright, so I have a bit more progress to report! (I have really been on top of this these past few days) Anyway, here's kind of a bad shot of my thruster plate being awkwardly held in place to start off:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120823_150553.jpg)

I'm going to do enough shaping to it so that the lower ends aren't sticking out so severely, so it will look a lot better once that's done. It's not really aligned very well with anything here, but it was just a quick shot I had my brother take since he was standing there. Also, if you look close enough you can see a clone trooper  standing on my table.

Once I got back from school  I got pretty much straight to work on a mount for my phone. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to integrate my phone into my left gauntlet, and although I don't have any real work done on a gauntlet yet (I need more sintra!) I had enough sintra lying around to throw a mount together. Take a look:

(http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9231/img20120823235949.jpg)

Apparently Photobucket took a distinct dislike of these next few pictures, so I had to throw these on imageshack to get them up here. Wierd.

Anyway, the sides aren't completely folded down in this picture (Kind of hard to keep them all down with one hand), and I need to clean some details up, but my phone fits in there pretty much perfectly. Unfortunately I didn't have access to another photo-taking device, so I couldn't get any pics of my phone IN the case, so I'll have to fix that soon. Also, you can see my Stormfall keyblade in the background there, letting some wood filler dry. You guys are the first people on the internet to see it in it's most recent state. You're welcome.

Here's the case all taped together, along with another angled bit of sintra.

(http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/3056/img20120824003645.jpg)

That bit in the front there will be used to try to make the mount look more streamlined, it will angle from the gauntlet and flatten out for the mount, instead of the mount being a big obtrusive rectangle.

Here's a few shots of the case placed on a scrap that I rigged to look vaguely like what my gauntlets will look like.

(http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/7185/img20120824003828.jpg)

(http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/299/img20120824003805.jpg)

Again, this is kind of a bad representation of what it will look like on my actual gauntlet, but at least it gives you the idea. Everything will look pretty much seamless once all is said and done. I also plan on adding another angle piece to the other side so that it looks much more streamlined.

Then I had to think about how I'll actually be getting my phone in and out of this thing once it's all put together. Then an idea occurred to me:

(http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/8255/img20120824004050.jpg)

I could put one of the angle pieces on a small hinge and just slide that sucker in there! I'd have to find some way to secure it so that it still looked seamless and wouldn't just open up whenever it wanted, dropping my phone all over the place. But what do you guys think?
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Aug 24, 2012, 11:41 AM
So far echoing what's been said, also that cod piece. Those spikes that go downward into your thighs.... You're not gonna want those there just letting you know. lol. Looks cool now, but when you're stabbing yourself with them later. You'll regret them.

But yes as Remo said, you'll want to raise your chest plates up. I think of it this way. If it's not nearly choking you, it ain't right. Look at Boba for example and you'll see what I mean lol. Also as Remo said, you'll want to trim them to be a tad smaller as they're kinda large for your frame. Once you get those you'll have a better grasp of what you need.

That jumppack as I'ma call it looks awesome. As for your gaunt housing problem, Use a magnet to keep it closed to avoid it flying open, to give it a seemless look I would just use a small hinge inside it. if you keep the closer with that right angle on it. You'll be able to attach a small hinge without the actual hinge itself being shown when you close it.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 24, 2012, 12:05 PM
Thanks for all the feedback Drak! Do you think the cod piece design would be alright if I shortened it up a bit so that it wasn't rubbing against my thighs? I'm considering draping a cloth over that area anyway, but I can certainly see what you mean by the thigh rubbing being... regretful.

I suppose the choking rule is a good one to live by, noted. I noticed someone had a similar problem, and Falin suggested cutting a line from that outermost corner (near the armpit) to where it needs to match up along the top. Should I do that or just shorten the entire side by what needs to be taken off?

And I've been calling that thing the Jet Back, Thruster Plate, integrated booster system, jump pack, ect... I just need to stick to one name till it sticks. Regardless, I'm glad you like it! And you pretty much summed up my entire thought process on the gaunt housing, thanks for the confirmation, lol.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 26, 2012, 08:52 PM
So my sintra supplier has the most annoying hours, I've been dying to grab some more sintra to start on my gaunts and shnees, but they're closed on the weekend, and they're only open till like 3 on Fridays. I'll be grabbing some more tomorrow, and hopefully I'll have enough time to work on stuff. I would have started on my helmet or weapons this weekend, but between Final's work and my job my schedule's been tight.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 26, 2012, 10:23 PM
I can only echo what everyone else has said. Just make the aforementioned changes and it'll be sharp :)

I'll be watching this with interest. :D
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 27, 2012, 12:01 AM
Thanks! I don't have time to actually go and work on it at the moment, although I desperately want to. I do have time for the occasional idea sketch though, I plan on cutting the collar plate up some after I trim my chest down. I'm toying with the idea of angling the side a bit so that the top line matches the collar and the rest of the plate ends up with a slimmer, more angled look to it, and it's growing on me!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Aug 27, 2012, 12:07 AM
I advise doing so, increases mobility.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 27, 2012, 12:20 AM
Thanks, my build is all about mobility! But were you referring to me cutting down the collar plate or the sides of the chest pieces?
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Aug 27, 2012, 12:31 AM
cut the parts at the top so they are flush at the edges with the sides of the colar plate. May want to cut in little scoops to were they cover a little bit of your shoulder as well, so you can bring your arms infront of you a bit easier.
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 27, 2012, 12:58 AM
I'll keep it in mind when I start working on it again, thanks!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome! (Sintra question!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 28, 2012, 02:43 AM
Ok, so after trying to get another sheet of sintra today, I ran into an unforeseen problem, and I'm curious if the guy was trying to scam me or not, so I figured I'd run it by you guys.

 My first sheet of sintra was about 4x8 feet (maybe a little less, the guy said it was lightly used) and approximately 3 mm thick, and I managed to buy it for $20 bucks. This was somewhere between one and two months ago, and the sheet has been shared between 4 people, and is pretty much gone at this point.

Alas, we need more to continue, and so I swung by the same shop today with the intent of picking up more sintra, and they wanted to sell me a 4x8 sheet for $85. Now granted, I didn't quite know the thickness I needed (bit of an oversight on my part) so he might have been talking about the 6 mm sintra, but he went on to say that the price of sintra has really jacked up recently. I don't keep an eye on daily sintra price fluctuations, so I was wondering if anyone else had heard of such a price hike.

 I will be returning tomorrow to clarify the thickness I need and see if that brings the price down closer to what I was expecting, and I will also be looking into other sign shops to see if I can get a consistent answer, but any information you guys could share on the subject would be great as well!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome! (Sintra question!)
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Aug 28, 2012, 01:45 PM
I wouldn't know Sintra prices-but on a side-note, if you do layered armour, JB-weld or Ethyl2 Cyano-acrylate super glue can bond it nicely I hear-mind you, the surface should be a bit roughed up with sandpaper and all...
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome! (Sintra question!)
Post by: BobaFiend on Aug 28, 2012, 01:58 PM
Two sheets of 3mm sintra on US Plastics that are 2 ft x 4 ft (total of 4 ft x 8 ft) are about $30. Add shipping and you're at $45 max.  You're getting taken for a ride. Have it shipped to your door.

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23330&catid=733
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome! (Sintra question!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 28, 2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks BobaFiend, appreciate the info. I've actually been calling around Orlando for the past few hours and found a place that'll sell me a 4x8 3mm sheet for $40.43, I'm about to head out now, and return a rental textbook to my college while I'm out as well. Yay efficiency! Thanks again for the save, and the link!
Title: Re: Prepping for my first build, advice welcome! (Sintra question!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 01, 2012, 07:17 PM
Ok, so I got a nice 4x8 sheet of 3mm sintra for about $40 the other day, which is the best deal I could find. They seem like a pretty consistent business, and they seemed excited when I told them what it was going to be used for, so I shouldn't have a problem with sintra supply for a while! I haven't really done too much stuff for myself with the new sintra, although I did get a lot of my cyar'ika's armor cut out and shaped with it. Now she just needs to get posting...

Anyway, I plan on using the stuff to cut out my guantlets and shnees, along with my lower back plate. What I have accomplished on my armor since my last post is I got my right shoulder cut out and shaped, and I reshaped my collar piece a bit, and trimmed my chest pieces. Have a look:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120829_003852.jpg)

Not the best angle, I know. I plan on redoing my ARCish pauldron, along with my cod piece, but they work fine as placeholders right now.

I also started working on my Blastsword, along with the bayonet for my pistol. I know what you're thinking, "What? A bayonet for a pistol!? That sounds like a load of osik!" Good or bad, give me some feedback on this one:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120829_001658.jpg)

Here's the sketch of it on a piece of 1/2" MDF. For some reason photobucket likes to keep it upside down, but you get a good idea. I plan on adding a thin piece of sintra along the dull side to give it sort of a vibro-greeb look, which you can kind of see the sketch of that here.

And here's a pic of it cut out with some preliminary sanding and set against the pistol:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120830_010711.jpg)

I still need to do the required editing on the pistol itself, and I need to do some creative sanding to get it to fit flush, but that's the gist of how it would look attached. I plan on hollowing out that lower orange barrel and sticking a wooden dowel in there to help mount the bayonet. Tell me what you guys think, I'll get some pics of the Blastsword progress up soon!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 01, 2012, 07:36 PM
Well they make K-BAR bayonets for glocks, so it has some roots...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 01, 2012, 09:08 PM
Just looked at those, never knew they existed until you pointed them out! Thanks for the tip, now I don't feel as ridiculous about the bayonet.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 01, 2012, 09:13 PM
Jaster Mereel also had a short bayonet on his carbine in Jango Fett: Open Seasons 2
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 01, 2012, 10:14 PM
Sounds cool, I have yet to look into that, though I probably should!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 04, 2012, 05:07 PM
I'll probably start a separate build thread for this blastsword soon, but I thought I would post the gist of my progress on it here first, since I'm pretty much building the functionality of my kit around this weapon.

So here's what it looks like as of this morning:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120904_114845.jpg)

The main body of it is 1/2" MDF, a little over 42" long, give or take. For the barrel I took a 1" PVC pipe and dremeled a straight 1/2" line down the length of it, and the muzzle is two different PVC couplings put together. I haven't weighed it yet, as there would be no point with all of the changes that are being made to it, but it's got some heft to it, although it is still plenty light enough for me to swing around comfortably. The grip is a little weird at first, but after a couple of sword sets it felt comfortable enough.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120904_114959.jpg)

There's a better look of the tip for you. I had to take a chunk of the tip out so that the PVC couplings would fit on correctly. It still needs a few tweaks here and there, and there might be a small gap I'll need to fill prior to painting, but it all fits pretty well.  That larger coupling that you see there wasn't really designed to fit that other coupling particularly well, so it's not exactly a secure fit when it's put together, but a bit of glue and bondo should fix that. I also plan on adding a front sight to the top of the barrel. Technically the Wookiepedia page says that they only fire on contact, but I'm head-canon tweaking mine so that it can be set to fire from the trigger pull.

Now for the grip:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120904_115025.jpg)

For the guard I'm adding a 1/4" thick piece of MDF to either side to give it some dimension.The top of either side of the guard will also act as the other half of the sighting system, the original 1/2" piece will be cut out so I can look right along the top of the barrel and into my front sight. I'll also smooth out where the guard meets the barrel with some bondo, so once it's finished it will look as if the guard transitions into the barrel. I plan on sanding the guard so that it all kind of angles down into an edge along the front side, lining right up with the blade.

The hammer and the trigger will also be cut out of 1/4" MDF and glued into place. I am slightly concerned with how well the trigger is going to hold up over time, since I'll probably end up using it as part of the grip when I'm walking around with it, but if something happens it won't really be hard to replace.

Also, the lines you see on the inside of the grip are roughly where I'll be adding another thin piece of wood, maybe 2 or 3 mm thick, just to help give the grip some dimension.

I'm not quite sure if I'm going to do anything fancy with the pommel, right now it looks ok and helps me point the thing one-handed by resting my forearm against it, so it does have some functionality. I just don't know if I want to make it into a spike or give it an edge or something, thoughts?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Karvas Dral on Sep 04, 2012, 06:05 PM
I dint know what I could suggest.
It just looks really cool. Lol
Is it like a one shot deal? Like a low caliber blaster thats used as a last resort? Or is it intended to be completely functional as a blaster as well?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 04, 2012, 06:17 PM
According to the wookiepedia article, They're good for "20 shots per power cell". Apparently typical blastswords only fire when the tip makes contact with something, and the damage can be set to anything between stun and maim. It's also been described as a blaster that you have to hit people with.

For a better idea of what it's supposed to look like, here's about the only reference picture I can find of it:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Blastsword-tur.jpg)

I didn't really alter the design too much, just slimmed it down and tweaked some of the details. I didn't want to differentiate to much from the look Star Wars had in mind for it, as it's already an uncommon weapon, and I don't need to go making it completely unrecognizable!

And here's the page I got the picture from, full of all kinds of information about them:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Blastsword (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Blastsword)

Again, I'd like to imagine that mine could actually be set to fire via trigger pull instead of blade contact, though the range and accuracy probably wouldn't be too impressive, I'd imagine.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Sep 05, 2012, 06:23 PM
Pure awesomeness! You're kit and blastsword is coming along nicely!!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 05, 2012, 07:00 PM
Pure awesomeness! You're kit and blastsword is coming along nicely!!

Your words tickle me good sir, I appreciate the compliment!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Sep 05, 2012, 07:36 PM
That's A LOT of pouches! :O

I think the chest armor needs to be brought up a bit,  and the two chest pieces need to be trimmed, cause it has to line up with the collar.

But, that's my unprofessional 2 cents. :P
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 06, 2012, 01:21 AM
That is a lot of pouches, I'll need to make sure I have room for holsters! My chest pieces have since been trimmed, and the armor looks well and dandy when it's put on correctly. I want to do some gaunt and or shnee work before I post another armor pic though, but it will all be well in place before any pictures are taken.

Oh, and another thought. I'm thinking about completely abandoning the cod in favor of a loincloth type deal. I have the feeling that a well fitted cod piece will only inhibit my movement, and seeing as how I'm going for an assassin build, that doesn't seem like the best idea. Haven't completely decided yet, but the thought is certainly there.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ralin Voth on Sep 06, 2012, 03:29 AM
I lucked out with my cod design; it sits flush and doesn't stand up when I'm standing, but folds up nicely if I sit or squat. Yours looks like it should work like mine does if attached to a belt via belt loops on the back of it. That said, a loincloth will give you maximum mobility even beyond a well designed and fitting cod. I would keep a loincloth short though, no longer than the knees and more like mid thigh or slightly longer as you don't want it tangling around you when you move in for the kill.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 06, 2012, 10:26 AM
I was thinking about something knee-length or similar myself, it will either match up with my kama or be just a tad bit shorter than it, we'll see once the kama gets done I suppose. I liked my cod design for a while, but the more I look at it and wear it the less I think it fits my kit. At this point I would much prefer the loincloth, and I don't think it tangling around me will be much of a problem. I took karate for over 5 years, and we had rather long belts that always seemed to dangle the ends around our thighs or knees, and I never had a problem with those. Thanks for the input though!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: R Dano Cammino on Sep 10, 2012, 04:18 PM
nice stuff !
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 10, 2012, 04:50 PM
Real mandos wear kamas....
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 10, 2012, 10:02 PM
nice stuff !

Thanks vod, I'm glad you think so! Are you talking in general, or is there anything specific that catches your fancy?

Real mandos wear kamas....

Indeed! I'm so excited to have  a kama on my kit, my cyar'ika actually got my measurements for it today. Right now We're planning on having it mid-calf length, I'll have small jet boosters on the back of my leg armor, so I want to keep the fabric above those!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 13, 2012, 11:54 AM
So I don't have a whole lot to show for the past few days of work, mainly because I haven't had a whole lot of time to work on my stuff. I decided to put my ARC pauldron on hold for now, as it seems kind of bulky for an assassin build, and if I'm going to do an ARC pauldron, I kind of want to do the full mantle, which will just look more out of place, aside from the fact that I'll have no room for it. So I cut out a copy of the pauldron I already have designed, and I'll be adding a bit more depth to those soon.

I did manage to gut my pistol though! Here's the before and after of it:

Before: (http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120830_010711.jpg)

After: (http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120912_004124.jpg)

I'll be adding bits of black sintra behind where the orange used to be, give it kind of a venty look. I'll be replacing the top barrel with some PVC pipe I have lying around, maybe give it kind of a beefy muzzle or something, not sure yet. I'll be adding a wooden dowel where the bottom barrel used to be, and I'll drill a small hole into the bayonet to insert said dowel to secure the bayonet to the pistol. I do need to do a bit more work to the bayonet to give it  a better fit, but that's where it stands as of now.

The blastsword has been worked on a bit, just a little sanding here and there, I need to get to it and just sand the edge into the blade and the guard. Truth be told, I've been helping Cinciri Ramser out with building his sniper, and that's taken up a bunch of my time in the shed as of late. It's turning out well, aside from the router bit we broke, and I'm more than happy to lend him a hand!

Also, I went paint browsing at Home Depot, and I think I struck gold, but I just wanted to check with the experts first.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120911_155521.jpg)

My armor is going to primarily be that dark red, "saret wine" color, with various details and patterns in the black and granite colors. I was wondering if the satin (and flat for the black) finishes would be ok. You'll also see the gray primer and the metallic aluminum, I figured that the primer would be my base coat, then I'd hit it with aluminum to give it a metal look for weathering. Then would come the gray and black for details, red to give the body color once said details were taped off, then a clear Matte coat to finish it off. I haven't bought the stuff yet, and I know I kind of sound paranoid, I just want to make sure I get the right stuff!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 13, 2012, 11:57 AM
just keep in mind you can't mix those with any Krylon paints
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 13, 2012, 12:13 PM
just keep in mind you can't mix those with any Krylon paints

Thanks for the tip Dresdon, though I wasn't really planning on adding Krylon to the mix with Rustoleum. Those are all the colors I'll need for my kit.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Hondo Karr on Sep 13, 2012, 12:28 PM
Youre going to nee dsome more modding on that gun to pass muster. Per the CRL's all screw holes need to be filled and smoothed. If there are any raised or embossed warning, logos, copywrites they have got to go as well. I would add some greeblies or scopes to it as well to hide it's origin a bit more and bring it more into that "chunky greeblied" 70's future tech look.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 13, 2012, 12:47 PM
Youre going to nee dsome more modding on that gun to pass muster. Per the CRL's all screw holes need to be filled and smoothed. If there are any raised or embossed warning, logos, copywrites they have got to go as well. I would add some greeblies or scopes to it as well to hide it's origin a bit more and bring it more into that "chunky greeblied" 70's future tech look.

Thanks Falin, and I'm well aware that it's going to need some mods. Screw holes and seams will be filled once I'm done messing with the barrels. I lucked out in the fact that there's no copyright or warning labels on the pistol, and any text that is on it is just painted on. I don't think I'll be adding any scopes or anything to it, but I'll definitely be adding greebs to it, and I might even add some sintra on the outside of it to give it more of a boxy, angled look to it. My original intent was to make it look more like a heavy pistol anyway, and it'll need some beefing up for that.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 13, 2012, 03:43 PM
I'll flip through my GUNS '99 magazine for some examples I have in mind that you may like for the blaster pistol based on slide integrated muzzle breaks


CZ100
IAI GAL M5000
WALTHER P5   (nice greebly placement IMO if you used it as an example)
WITNESS GOLD TEAM
DAN WESSON SUPERMAG
end of the reciever on the RUGER MINI-14
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 17, 2012, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the references Dresdon, I'll certainly have to take a few cues from these when the time comes to greeb up my pistol. Speaking of which, here's a small progress report on it:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120917_173045.jpg)(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120917_173100.jpg)

I gutted a few more of the non-essential plastic pieces on the inside of the pistol to make room to mount a larger PVC barrel and a dowel to mount my bayonet. The dowel is about as thick as the bayonet, and I had to sand it down a tad so that I could drill a hole into the bayonet that wouldn't tear the thing apart. The topmost section of the bayonet did crack just a bit, though I'm not too concerned, as that section will probably be covered by sintra before long. I might dab some wood filler on it just to be safe though.

I have to say, I do like the extended barrel look of this thing. The parralel sillouette with the bayonet just appeals to me. Anyway, The barrel has already been trimmed by about half an inch or so since this picture, since I would still like the bayonet to look like it could be used for stabbing as well as chopping. However long I do decide to make the barrel, the upper body section of the pistol will be replicated with sintra a bit to give it a beefier, heavy pistol look. the exposed dowel mount for the bayonet will also likely be covered up. I'm really excited to see how this thing turns out.

I also got some more work done on my blastsword today, mainly blade sanding, nothing noticable enough to really warrant another picture, so I'll wait until the guard is pretty much finished before I post anymore of that.

And I have decided to finally get off my shebs and start putting together and bondoing my helmet this week. I ordered a visor from T-visor.com, as well as a sheet of red acetate to give line the outside of it with to pull off my red visor effect that I so dearly want.  Those should be here within the week, but until then, let me just go over the order of helmet operations one more time.

First, glue helmet together with very strong glue (suggestions?)
Second, apply bondo to all the seams on the outside, especially the dome of the helmet.
Third, sand it smooth. I picked up 3 packs of sandpaper the other day (80, 120, and 220 grit) I'm assuming I use the rougher grits to even most of the bondo out, then use the smoother grits to really smooth it out. I've also heard multiple times that wet sanding is a good idea, I'd appreciate if soemone wanted to explain that process to me.
Fourth, Paint? As you can see above, I think I have a pretty good understanding of the painting process, but that's just because no one's really pointed out to me if I was wrong or not, lol!

I do apologize for all the questions, and I appreciate that you guys put up with them.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 18, 2012, 05:45 PM
JB weld can bond PVC, Bondo, Plastic, metal, and ABS very well, you could glue those in with JB if you want, and sicen that's a hollow gun you could have the inside painted silver, and have a clear tube in there that perhaps lights up?


WETSAND:
{ tan-1 sandpaper[x2>(y=7/19 x-47.135 )(icecream bucket of water2x3.141592654) ] }=(smooth bondo yds-1 ) 3


-in other words, stick your sandpaper in water, sand that thing, regularly cleaning the sandpaper off in water, eat some pie after 5 hours of wetsanding, get abck to work wetsanding, and eventualy youll have a smooth helmet with minimal dust, and if you do as much wetsanding as I ahve your driveaway will ahve a large pinish/red streak of bondo dust for the rest of the tim period until the next rainfall.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 18, 2012, 06:11 PM
Thanks Dresdon, your help is proving invaluable to my build. Your Wetsanding equation did give me a bit of a scare though, especially since I had literally JUST finished a marathon of Statistics homework. Though after the intitial shock, it was hilarious!

So JB weld will work for both my pistol and my helmet then? How long does it take to dry? Or does that depend on what version of it I buy?

My original plan for those pistol vents was to lay some strips of sintra on the inside so that I still had the vent texture, but there wasn't a gaping hole in my gun. I've been thinking about putting some lights both in my pistol and my blastsword, I'll have to give my neighbor who does some lightwork for Disney a call and tap into some of his knowledge. I should have some left over red acetate sheet from my visor, I could probably put strips of that instead of sintra. Now forgive the noobish question, but would painting the inside silver help with any light effects I put in?

And one last stupid question: Should the bondo wetsanding be done at any specific point in the sanding process, or can it be done from start to finish? I'm assuming this is going to be a time-consuming process, but from what I've heard it will be worth it.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 18, 2012, 06:24 PM
JB Qwik-set takes 4-10mins, so I suggest Ethyl2 Cyanoacrylate adhesive, their like $1.79 for a 2ml tube, so if you spend $20 on that stuff, you could do like...2 helmets, however-some D&D supply shops sell the glue in large 28ml bottles by Gamez Workshop, and MG CHEMICALS sells 28ml bottles of it as well, bot for about $10-$15. Read the back and make sure the warning and suff says EHTYL2 CYANOACRYLATE instead of just CYANOACRYLATE, if it ain't Ethyl2 it's no good.

And as for wetsanding, yes, it can be done for the whole proscess. It's also good at the end of the painting step wth weathering and blackwash.  Regular JB weld takes over-night(16hrs-ish) to be cured enough to "enter part back into service", and you can get $20 boxes that contain 4times the amound of the little $10 packs oif the stuff. The $20 boxes have the 2 tubes inside the size of a Bondo Spotfiller/Glazing putty tube  :o
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/IMG_1380.jpg)
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/IMG_1381.jpg)




(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/IMG_1382.jpg)
Ethyl2 Cyanoacrylate adhesive will adhere sanded(andCLEANED) metal to bondo, plastic, and even fabric(how I got the plates onto my glvoes) very well. It's all in the prep work. I ahve glued brass greebs onto bondoglass, were it is glued so well, that I have to use a knife to pry off the piece, and it rips out a crator of bondoglass underneath it :o   If you can get gelled, it would work best, but you'll also need to 'glass the inside of your hlmet for amximum strength.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 20, 2012, 11:33 AM
Alright, so I grabbed myself some JB KwikWeld yesterday. I'm gonna do some light experimentation with it before I actually go to glue my helmet together, because I'm paranoid like that. Here's a pic just so that we're clear wether or not I grabbed the right stuff for the job of gluing my helmet together:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120920_104928_zps1b062c6a.jpg)

I'm assuming this stuff will also work for gluing my pistol together. Though I am curious: Would the Ethyl2 Cyanoacrylate adhesive Dresdon mentioned work just as well for both jobs?

I also grabbed some gloves from Lowes the other day that almost perfectly match my color scheme. that plus the fact that they looked cool meant that I had to have them, of course!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120919_013453_zps181eabce.jpg)
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120919_013518_zps422c16b8.jpg)

Aside from the various tags and such that have already been removed, the above picture points out the only trouble spots that will have to be dealt with. I'm thinking that I'll either sand the text areas down with a dremel or I'll cover it up with a hand plate, or some combination of the two. I'm also thinking about cutting the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the gloves down to half of my finger, just because it will vastly improve my functionality in said gloves, and I won't be taking them off every time I need to do something delicate. That, and because I've always liked that style of glove for some reason.

I'll have more to show on here soon, I've mad some progress on my weapons, and I actually started my guantlets!

Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Adenn Kyram on Sep 20, 2012, 06:45 PM
Well E2C is basically extra strong super glue
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 20, 2012, 07:14 PM
Cool, I'll have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm shopping around, thanks!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 20, 2012, 07:17 PM
It also drys faster.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 20, 2012, 09:50 PM
That sounds good to me, but then again I'm impatient.  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Adenn Kyram on Sep 20, 2012, 11:30 PM
also meens you only get one chance maybe two in order to get something lined up. just sayin if you have steady hands no problems. ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 20, 2012, 11:49 PM
That's true. I usually practice my setups for when I glue stuff together anyway, so by the time I actually get to gluing I'm not fumbling around while the glue drys.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Adenn Kyram on Sep 21, 2012, 01:12 AM
I like the epoxy better for long term strength but the E2C is great for small parts and greebs. :D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 21, 2012, 01:28 AM
Thanks for the tip! I'll play with the epoxy a bit tomorrow so I know what I'm dealing with, but I'll keep my eyes open for any E2C glue.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: BobaFiend on Sep 21, 2012, 02:10 AM
Hopefully they've improved the design, but my experience with those plunger things is that the two parts combine and slowly cure inside the tube after the first time you use it.  Try to glue as many things as possible on your first shot so not too much is wasted if the whole thing cures in the tube. 
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 21, 2012, 05:54 AM
If the glue starts to run, you can make a maskingtape dam of sorts to keep it in place. and as for the duel ube thing, yes-that is a failure at economical design. It works with 2 individual tubes best, so check the automotive fluids section were tehy would have gasket sealent and such things.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 21, 2012, 10:16 AM
Oops, I'll have to remember that next time. Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 04, 2012, 09:52 PM
I haven't posted anything on this thread in a while, so I thought I would go ahead and give a quick update! First off, I started a weapons thread to go more into detail on my weapon builds, which can be found here: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.0)

Next, just a quick update on where my blastsword is:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20120925_233656.jpg)

I'm debating about sneaking some lights in there, but my personal deadline for this is closing in, and I have a LOT to do on other stuff. So I'm thinking about just wrapping this thing up, finish attaching everything, add a few greebs for good measure, and paint.

I've gotten some work done on my shoulders, and I'm going through a few gauntlet designs, neither of which I have pictures of atm. I do, however, have a development to share on my gauntlet-mounted vibro-blade. Taglar Dreskk recently posted a thread on the potential of some rotating lint brushes, which can be found here: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55855.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55855.0)
I ordered one for myself, and now have a mount for a rotating vibro-blade. The blade is not a final design, but take a look:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121004_163925.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121004_163936.jpg)

And no, it's not spring loaded. Check out the video on Taglar's post to get a better idea of how it works. Whatcha guys think?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Oct 06, 2012, 11:06 PM
i think wielding that baby might be a little bit... awkward.  :laugh:

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 06, 2012, 11:29 PM
i think wielding that baby might be a little bit... awkward.  :laugh:

-Kane

What do you mean? Sure, it'll be a little extra bulk on the forearm, but it shouldn't be enough to throw anything off, and it extends enough past my hand to be feasible as a striking weapon. Please explain your thoughts Kane  :D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Oct 06, 2012, 11:39 PM
ooohhhh i thought it was going to be held by that handle! i figured it'd be WAY off balance. heh i seem to have missed "gauntlet mounted vibro-blade"... :-[

new worry: i thought spring-loaded and battery operated "weapons" weren't allowed at cons...

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 07, 2012, 12:12 AM
You skimmed over a lot of my details, didn't you buddy?  :laugh: As I stated above: Don't worry, it's not spring loaded. Nor is it battery operated. I can't quite explain the mechanics myself, but Taglar has had someone ask him the same thing, and he knows that it passes muster.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 08, 2012, 11:27 AM
Just a quick update on a costume idea I wanted to run past you guys. I wanted some kind of cloth around the shoulders when I'm in full kit, be it a scarf or cowl ow what have you. I recently purchased this at a local Joanne's:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121005_160550.jpg)

...and I was wondering what you all thought of it. It may or may not end up draped like that, I was honestly wanting more of a long scarf kind of set up, I have about 9 yards of it (got it on sale plus coupon, yay!) I'll try to get pictures of it with my kit progress next time I take a picture of it, which I need to.

I've gotten some work done on my shoulders, am finalizing gauntlet designs and test piece, and I might be redesigning my jump pack (again). I'm also wrapping up add-ons to my helmet before I actually glue it together and bondo. the biggest thing I have left to start would be my greaves/shnees/whatever. I may just make my November deadline yet!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: BobaFiend on Oct 09, 2012, 10:36 PM
You could do worse

http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/gallery/showfull.php?photo=10415
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 10, 2012, 05:51 PM
You could do worse

http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/gallery/showfull.php?photo=10415

...Worse on what?  I don't quite get the point you're trying to make here, I gather it's something about the fabric covering a good portion of armor. If that's the worry here, if I do end up using the fabric like in the picture above, it won't cover up quite that much. If I missed the point, then please feel free to clarify.  :D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: BobaFiend on Oct 13, 2012, 06:53 PM
I meant that this was a strong conceptual point in the imagining of Boba - from Clint Eastwood's "the man with no name".  As such, it is is the spirit of the original Boba Fett costume (seen here is the Pre-Production 1 costume) and should be an aesthetic that we as Mando costumers try to pursue. 

tl;dr. Good Idea, keep going
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 13, 2012, 07:45 PM
I dig it! I was wanting some sort of scarf thing for my kit, but sadly it does not fit my armor, and would've looked outta place... but there's always the next one  ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 13, 2012, 11:27 PM
I meant that this was a strong conceptual point in the imagining of Boba - from Clint Eastwood's "the man with no name".  As such, it is is the spirit of the original Boba Fett costume (seen here is the Pre-Production 1 costume) and should be an aesthetic that we as Mando costumers try to pursue. 

tl;dr. Good Idea, keep going

Ok, well thanks BobaFiend! Your original comment threw me off a bit, but I get what you're saying now.

I dig it! I was wanting some sort of scarf thing for my kit, but sadly it does not fit my armor, and would've looked outta place... but there's always the next one  ;)

I'm glad you like it Ronin! I plan on implementing some kind of cloth factor into each of my kits as I go on, but for now it's a tie between a scarf and whatever I have displayed in the pic on the page before.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 10:04 AM
I figured it was about time  I dropped a few more pictures in here to show you all what I've been up to. Let's start with some helmet add-ons!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121009_235149.jpg)

I decided to avoid the classic range-finder completely, and instead went with the antenna/thing design you see here. I've seen it on helmets before, and I rather enjoyed the look of it, so I made one for myself. You can also see the fangs I've been working on, I finally decided on a style I liked for them.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121009_234914.jpg)

The fangs are made with several layers of sintra, as I plan on attaching them via the back of my visor, and I want them to line up pretty much perfectly with the visor border. I'm excited for how they turned out, though I'm curious what you all think of them.

Here's a better look at the antenna as well:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121010_001523.jpg)

It needs a bit more cleaning up, and it's held together with tape in that picture, so it will be prettier and better aligned soon. I plan on using the hole for the range finder to attach this thing, I think I'll add two small tabs of sintra to each side of the tab that's already jutting out of it, bend those tabs to around 90 degree angles once they're inserted into the hole, and use them to glue the whole thing in place, then smooth out the rest with epoxy or some-such.

This will all be done AFTER I finally get to bondoing my helmet  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Oct 18, 2012, 11:48 AM
Nice to see your progress on this! 
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 12:19 PM
Nice to see your progress on this!

EHRMAHGERD HI LEM'ZIG! Good to hear from you, and thanks! Any opinions or critiques on anything that you'd like to share?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: BobaFiend on Oct 18, 2012, 02:13 PM
With as bendy as that J2P is it's going to be hard to create a seamless blend down to your "fangs" without dealing with the material cracking.  Also, if the blend is not seamless it will look tacked on and poorly crafted so I'd look at it as a necessity. That means either re-enforcing your helmet to keep it from flexing or revisiting your design.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 02:47 PM
With as bendy as that J2P is it's going to be hard to create a seamless blend down to your "fangs" without dealing with the material cracking.  Also, if the blend is not seamless it will look tacked on and poorly crafted so I'd look at it as a necessity. That means either re-enforcing your helmet to keep it from flexing or revisiting your design.

It'll certainly be a project, but I'm willing to try it out and see how good of a blend I can get on it. Trust me, if it doesn't look perfect, I won't be happy with it. Any suggestions on reinforcing the helmet?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: seugtai on Oct 18, 2012, 04:33 PM
You could sculpt them on with plumbers epoxy putty. That stuff sets like steel. When sculpting them I would make a section that goes up on the inside to secure it to the helmet, then work the remaining putty into the fang. That way they will be nice and secure and you wont have to worry about them snapping off.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 04:52 PM
I thought I mentioned that I wanted to use epoxy on the fangs, but after reviewing my post I realized that I neglected to mention that. So yes, to clarify, I planned on smoothing it all over with epoxy and sanding that down so that everything is smooth and seamless. And I do have a section on the inside most layer of each fang that goes up into the visor area, that's probably where most of it's strength will come from once it's glued in. And the front part where the fang meets the helmet is where most of the epoxy will go. Sorry for the confusion before  :laugh:
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Karvas Dral on Oct 18, 2012, 05:59 PM
Looking down at the kiddies might suck with those fangs there.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 18, 2012, 06:05 PM
Looking down at the kiddies might suck with those fangs there.
Forgt the children!! Look awesome instead!!... Nah, but for real it might... however most every other part of the armor restricts mobility.. so I don't see another restriction being a big issue, personally.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: seugtai on Oct 18, 2012, 06:11 PM
I think we may be talking about different products. I'm referring to this.
(http://www.hardwarestore.com/media/product/610428_front200.jpg)

Personally, I don't think regular epoxy will be strong enough. I don't use it anymore as I've had it break too many times.

If we were on the same page, disregard. :P
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 06:19 PM
Looking down at the kiddies might suck with those fangs there.

Haha, you'd think so! But I tested them out a bit, and they didn't really seem to mess with my head mobility all too much. I could imagine them occasionally catching on the fabric I'll have around my shoulders, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Forgt the children!! Look awesome instead!!... Nah, but for real it might... however most every other part of the armor restricts mobility.. so I don't see another restriction being a big issue, personally.

But..But.. Why can't I look awesome for the children!

But really, if they impede my movement a bit, no biggie. I've come to terms that most costumes will involve movement restriction of some kind, and I'm used to it by now! I can barely lower myself to the ground in my Squall cosplay!  :laugh:
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 06:28 PM
I think we may be talking about different products. I'm referring to this.
(http://www.hardwarestore.com/media/product/610428_front200.jpg)

Personally, I don't think regular epoxy will be strong enough. I don't use it anymore as I've had it break too many times.

If we were on the same page, disregard. :P

That might be different than what I have, what's the exact name, location I can buy it from, and what it costs? Cause the epoxy I have comes in two containers and has a long set time.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 18, 2012, 06:37 PM
But..But.. Why can't I look awesome for the children!

But really, if they impede my movement a bit, no biggie. I've come to terms that most costumes will involve movement restriction of some kind, and I'm used to it by now! I can barely lower myself to the ground in my Squall cosplay!  :laugh:
Fiiinee.. Look awesome for the children.. you just can't look awesomely AT the children... And I know the feeling.. My first bout in my armor had sooo many restrictions...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Karvas Dral on Oct 18, 2012, 06:40 PM
Dont use that dual acting epoxy syringe crap. It sucks. Use the putty, its awesome.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 18, 2012, 06:46 PM
Dont use that dual acting epoxy syringe crap. It sucks. Use the putty, its awesome.
^^^ I second that. Not to mention most of them only come with one syringe. So you only get one use out of it.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: seugtai on Oct 18, 2012, 07:00 PM
That might be different than what I have, what's the exact name, location I can buy it from, and what it costs? Cause the epoxy I have comes in two containers and has a long set time.

What I use, I get at Home Depot, a small tube is less then $4. (It's on the aisle with all the PVC.)
(http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/be/be72092f-439e-4d9b-a98f-f9961c6cbc53_400.jpg)
You can get it other places too.
Few tips on this stuff.
-Keep a cup of water close at hand that you can dip your fingers in while sculpting. It can start sticking to your fingers and messing up your sculpt otherwise.
-You've got about a 3 minute work time, it starts warming up when it's getting close to set.
-Try to get your sculpt as close to perfection as possible this stuff is no picnic to sand, like I said it's like steel.

I used it for all my horns and spikes and have only had to do paint touch-ups on them and they have been banged around a good bit. ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the quick update seugtai! I appreciate it, and your explanation even came with tips and a picture!  :o

I'll make sure to grab some of that soon! Thanks again!

And just to clarify, this is similar looking to the stuff a local fellow shiny let me borrow:

(http://joysutton.com/Costuming/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1Y76P.jpg)

I haven't quite used it yet, but I've watched her work with it. Apparently it takes about 30 minutes till it's unworkable, which I thought was a bit long, and you have to mix equal parts from each container for optimum performance. Does this look any good, or should I just shell out the 4 bucks for the good stuff seugtai mentioned above?

Also, exactly how bad is it to sand? Because Me having little experience with this stuff, I'm probably going to end up with some bump or such that I'll want gone.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kelan Ord on Oct 18, 2012, 07:56 PM
Some top prop makers (Volpin, Feveron, Blind Squirrel) work with Apoxie Sculpt... I guess that means it's good...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: seugtai on Oct 18, 2012, 08:54 PM
I don't believe it's as strong tho. misstori (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2201) in my clan used Apoxie Sculpt to do all the sculpting on her kit, might ask her. ;)

* Oh and the sanding...well the pieces are small so...yeah, shouldn't be....ah...TOO bad. :-X
If you have a dremel or an equivalent to one, use a sanding bit, it'll speed it up. ;)

Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 18, 2012, 09:24 PM
I don't believe it's as strong tho. misstori (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2201) in my clan used Apoxie Sculpt to do all the sculpting on her kit, might ask her. ;)

* Oh and the sanding...well the pieces are small so...yeah, shouldn't be....ah...TOO bad. :-X
If you have a dremel or an equivalent to one, use a sanding bit, it'll speed it up. ;)

Oh, I have a dremel! I planned on using it for the tough sections on my helmet, this included!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Deimos Ordo on Oct 19, 2012, 12:34 AM
Apoxie has longer "play/sculpt" time than 30 Mins, Its AMAZING and you should be good to go using it. I also work with the Locktite plumbers white putty from Walmart, its tough and VERY drill ready when fully cured, but 5 min "play/sculpt" time  :blank:

Good Stuff here, great to see you moving forward more  :)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Oct 19, 2012, 05:15 AM
you can allways gut stuff for greeblies you know...   I personaly like VCRs, Sewing Machines, Computers, and misc junk parts aqured while scrapping. Like heat sinks, VCR tape winder motors, faucet airators, old telepohne speakers, if you have any junk lieing around that can be taken apart, DO SO!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 19, 2012, 09:47 AM
Apoxie has longer "play/sculpt" time than 30 Mins, Its AMAZING and you should be good to go using it. I also work with the Locktite plumbers white putty from Walmart, its tough and VERY drill ready when fully cured, but 5 min "play/sculpt" time  :blank:

Good Stuff here, great to see you moving forward more  :)

Thanks for the input Deimos! I guess I'll try out what I have first an dif it gives me any problems I'll go for the stuff seugtai suggested! You guys have been a great help!

And thanks for the greeb suggestions Dresdon, I'm sure I can find some old stuff around the house to take apart.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 19, 2012, 11:08 AM
After countless attempts of scratch building my own gauntlets out of PVC pipe (and finding some way to be very unhappy with the result every time) I finally decided to grab some toilet brush holders from target and start with those. Here's how one fits on my arm after the initial rough cut down to size:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_150921.jpg)

Sorry for the blurry image, taken at an awkward angle.

Anyway, eventually I'd like to have a mounted vibroblade attached to my right gauntlet and a datapad (phone case) attached to my left, as well as small booster around the elbow area. Seeing as how I'd like my whole kit con-worthy around Nov 15th, most if not all of those add-ons might have to be pushed back until I start upgrading my kit, but I figured I might as well show you all what I've been working on instead of just talking about it.

...At least for the vibroblade, turns out I don't have a pic for the case mount I made for my phone...yet.

Anyway, here's the unfinished vibroblade mounted onto a rotating lint brush:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_150843.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_150828.jpg)

I figured that would be a giant pain in the shebs to attach to the curved surface of my gauntlet, so I started looking around for what I could use  to make a nice, flat mounting platform. After digging through a drawer of ancient school supplies, I found 2 of these:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_151023.jpg)

That's right, crayola watercolors for the win! According to to the terrible handwriting on the front of these, I used them back in the 3rd grade! Anyway, here's a look at them on a gauntlet:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_151517.jpg)
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_151527.jpg)
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_151536.jpg)

Unfortunately, even with the flat surface of the watercolor case, the lint brush has kind of a curve to it, so I basically have to choose between two orientations. I can either have the front flush the front of the watercolor case:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_151235.jpg)

Which I think has the blade angled WAY to far down. Or I could have the handle section flush against the case, which would look something like this:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20121017_151318.jpg)

It still has kind of an angle, but not nearly as much.

Either way, all gaps would be filled to ensure maximum strength, and I planned on making a casing for the entire assembly out of sintra to give it a more streamlined look. Thoughts?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kelan Ord on Oct 19, 2012, 11:18 AM
Have thought about disassembling the lint brush? You might be able to get a "straighter" surface to work with...! I'm just throwing this out there, I never took one apart so I have no idea how it's made inside...

But, for the record, I think the idea is awesome!! A rotating system for a wrist blade... I LIKE!!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Oct 19, 2012, 11:20 AM
Could always take your dremel to it and cut it to a flat plane.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 19, 2012, 11:35 AM
Have thought about disassembling the lint brush? You might be able to get a "straighter" surface to work with...! I'm just throwing this out there, I never took one apart so I have no idea how it's made inside...

But, for the record, I think the idea is awesome!! A rotating system for a wrist blade... I LIKE!!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Thanks Kelan, though the rotation system isn't something one can really take out. I do need to disassemble it again and see how much more I can slim this thing up. Which leads me to Drak's post:

Could always take your dremel to it and cut it to a flat plane.

I'll open it up again and see what/where I could cut without screwing the internals up, thanks for the suggestion!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Oct 19, 2012, 11:44 AM
heh would you look at that! what i said about it being awkward to use was true :laugh:

you could always try to put the mechanism in a different case that's more streamlined :D

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Oct 19, 2012, 11:51 AM
heh would you look at that! what i said about it being awkward to use was true :laugh:

you could always try to put the mechanism in a different case that's more streamlined :D

-Kane

The amount of awkward will be determined by the alignment it ends up having  :D And that's not really possible, as the mechanism is built into the lint brush casing.

 I just opened it up again to see what I would be comfortable cutting out of the bottom of it, and I determined that I don't really want to cut anything out from the bottom. The section I would have to take a big chunk out of to make the bottom a flat plane has most of the important bits in it, so that's a no go. I think I'll just hit it with some epoxy or some such to fill the gaps and give it a flat bottom that way.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 26, 2013, 10:56 AM
Sorry I haven't posted in a while guys, life demanded mando be put aside for a little bit, but now I'm back and rushing to finish by early March at the latest!

So... where to start? I guess I could start by saying that I want to have this kit wearable for Megacon, though I probably won't even attempt to get OM approval until after. This is because I'm putting a few of my more complex ideas aside for now, as I'm not only working on my mando kit, I'm also attempting to get a set of keyblade armor from Kingdom Hearts done for Megacon as well.

Some ideas that will be put down for now include: gauntlet attachments, calve thrusters, lights and front sight for my blastsword, and my pistol. Again, these will all probably be done before I send my approval app in, so fear not!

But enough with what I'm not doing, time for an update on what I've gotten done since I've last posted up here!

I've gotten my backplate situation figured out (for the most part):

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130109_001003.jpg)

I plan on attaching the thruster bit to the actual backplate through a combination of E-6000 glue and strategically placed bondo. Then I'll fill the seams up with epoxy, and probably add in PVC couplings as thrusters before painting it.

I'm really happy with how the spine plate turned out, it's a single piece of sintra that I cut into with an exacto knife, so the lines you see there are actually points where it can flex and contort. It pretty much fits into the small of my back perfectly, and moves with me when I bend and twist.

Next up, the only actual pieces of armor on my kit that have any paint on them, my shoulders!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130124_114717.jpg)

I recently glued these things together with E-6000, sanded the edges smooth, and hit them with their first coat of grey primer. Not very exciting or complex, I know, but they'll work for me, and I'm happy to have started painting!

I've also finally decided on a design for my shnees!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130109_001232.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130109_001124.jpg)

The side panels will be shaped with a heat gun to better conform to my leg. I may also add additional layers of sintra to get some texture on there, but we'll see. I eventually plan to create back panels for these that I will be attaching Cad Bane style mini-thrusters to, but that will be a job for after Megacon.

And finally, my helmet. I finally got around to gluing it together, bondoing the dome, and sanding it smooth.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130124_103643.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130124_103742.jpg)

I'm quite pleased with how it's turning out, though there is still work to be done on it. For example, I have a few uneven divots and such that need to be filled, if I recall correctly I believe I need to use spot putty to fill those in?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 26, 2013, 12:16 PM
love the plate designs! the shnees are awesome!

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 26, 2013, 12:55 PM
Thanks ner'vod, any suggestions on anything?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 26, 2013, 01:42 PM
just one: keep it up! 8)

that and i'd need to see the backplate finished b4 i could comment on it. i thought it was a women's chestplate set at first :laugh: a little paint should fix that right up though :P

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 26, 2013, 01:52 PM
I'll try to get some better angled pictures of it up soon, I may even work on it some more tonight.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 01:13 PM
So minor update from what I worked on last night. The only thing I really nabbed a picture of would be the reshaping done to my shnees.
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130126_224448.jpg)

We curved the side tabs over a bit so that it all fit much better. I plan on filling the grooves with some epoxy to strengthen them, and I'll probably pad the inside of the front panels a bit with some foam to keep them from shaking. As for attachment, I figured id use some combination of elastic and velcro. Thoughts?

Also, I have a few small indents and such on my helmet bondo. I heard that spot putty is good for filling that kind of thing in, but where would I find some?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Manbrolorian on Jan 27, 2013, 01:25 PM
Also, I have a few small indents and such on my helmet bondo. I heard that spot putty is good for filling that kind of thing in, but where would I find some?

ACE Hardware has some good sized tubes of it for $6.

Vod, I can't believe I haven't posted in here yet. This kit, while still a WIP, is shaping up to be spectacular. I will be honored to troop with you when it's done.

Now! With that said, y'all feel free to come over to my place whenever you want. Just give me a shout, and I'll send you my address so we can get some good work done.  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 01:54 PM
Cool, thanks for the heads up! Any idea if they sell it at home depot?

And thanks so much for the support there ner'vod! I'm excited to get it done. Will you be going to Megacon this March by any chance?

And I appreciate the offer, I'll think it over with my local shinies. May I ask what city you live in?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: BobaFiend on Jan 27, 2013, 02:27 PM
Cool, thanks for the heads up! Any idea if they sell it at home depot?


It's much easier to find it at an auto parts store- they have bondo and fiberglass products for auto body repair. It will be in that section.  Napa, Advanced Auto Parts, Autozone, etc.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Manbrolorian on Jan 27, 2013, 02:29 PM
Cool, thanks for the heads up! Any idea if they sell it at home depot?

I think they would... I honestly haven't gone to HD with the intent to search for it.  :-[

And thanks so much for the support there ner'vod! I'm excited to get it done. Will you be going to Megacon this March by any chance?

Planning on it! Nothing is set in stone, but I'm hoping to go on Saturday at the least.

And I appreciate the offer, I'll think it over with my local shinies. May I ask what city you live in?

I'm in the Land 'O Lakes area. Just about 20 minutes north of where Shadocon was held.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 03:42 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I guess I'll just have to keep an eye out for it when I swing by home depot on tuesday to grab some more paint. If I can't find any there I'll just swing by autozone while I'm out and grab some there.

Also, Manbrolorian, me and the rest of my group are out in clermont, a bit west of Orlando. That sounds like it would be quite the drive to your place, so i have no idea when we wouldbe able to make that trip.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 27, 2013, 05:44 PM
The helmet looks outta place with the armor
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 06:33 PM
The helmet looks outta place with the armor

How so? I still have a quite a bit more to add onto the helmet, but please tell me what you think is missing so I can see what you're seeing.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 27, 2013, 06:35 PM
angles. Compared to the armor it seems so dull and outta place. The armor itself is imposing and kinda dark, almost droid like. Helmet is bald.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 06:43 PM
I suppose I could see where you're coming from with that. My antenna will bring more of an angled feel to the helmet, and my fangs will kind of help to break up the smoothed silhouette a bit as well. I can also make the antenna earcap rather angular as well to help with that as well. The paint patterns I plan on including will also  be rather pointy and angular, so it should fit in fine once it's done.

What else would you suggest to make it blend in more Krie? What would you add, specifically?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 27, 2013, 07:20 PM
I'd have to see all the armor together. I like to tie the helmet in with the armor.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 07:24 PM
I'll try to get a pic of it all layed out, perhaps with me in it, sometime this week. Until then, if you browse back through the pages of this thread, you can see pretty much all of the pieces of my armor, including my plan for my helmet. That should be able to get you a better idea of my kit as a whole.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 27, 2013, 07:36 PM
it need a commando style look. angular

Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jan 27, 2013, 07:59 PM
Youll find spotfiller werever you got your Bondo(or, at least you should...Walmart doesn't count.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 08:01 PM
Thanks Dresdon, I looked up a  few pics just so I know exactly what to look for, I'll probably pick some up either tomorrow or Tuesday morning.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 27, 2013, 08:17 PM
to help with tha "baldness" of the helmet, try adding some greebs to teh cheekplates or some plating to the dome. 8)

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 08:49 PM
Hmm... Here's a thought: one of my paint patterns I plan to have for my helmet runs from around the earcap area up to the dome and down the sides of my face and cheeks, running down about where my eyes would be. I could potentially give that some dimension by plating it out with sintra? Maybe? I dunno, I really don't want to add too much to this helmet immediately, My main goal right now is to have it wearable by March, then I'll go back and add more stuff to my entire kit before sending in my application.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 27, 2013, 11:19 PM
i'd have to see the design to tell ya :laugh:

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 11:23 PM
Either way, be confident in the fact that I wouldn't wear it to a convention if I didn't think it looked good, and wasn't proud of what I have.

I'll be posting more pics of my helmet progress as it happens, but we won't really know until it's all done, painted, and ready to be worn. If at that point it looks out of place, measures will be taken to make it look acceptable.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 27, 2013, 11:24 PM
good good. that probably is the best course of action ;)

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 11:28 PM
Excellent. With that settled, I'd appreciate any additional feedback anyone had to give on my shnees, upper backplate with the thrusters, or the lower segmented spine plates. Anyone?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 27, 2013, 11:29 PM
I like. how are they made? Vac-form?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 27, 2013, 11:49 PM
Krie, you're gonna have to be a bit more specific than that ner'vod. I can go ahead and tell you that nothing I made was vac-formed, to my knowledge anyway. Pretty much all my actual armor is made out of sintra, with the exception of the thruster bits on my back plate. Those are actually toilet brush holders from Wal-Mart that I cut down to the shape they are now.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 27, 2013, 11:58 PM
Those are actually toilet brush holders from Wal-Mart that I cut down to the shape they are now.

Intuitive!

you may want to add a (fake) fuel source to the pack, otherwise they'll look sorta decorative :laugh: (doesn't have to be big, just noticeable :P)

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 28, 2013, 12:04 AM
digging the look of that backplate a lot
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 28, 2013, 12:10 AM
Intuitive!

you may want to add a (fake) fuel source to the pack, otherwise they'll look sorta decorative :laugh: (doesn't have to be big, just noticeable :P)

-Kane

I may squeeze something in there, we'll see how much room I have to work with once it's all attached and seamless. I have a few ideas brewing at the thought though...

digging the look of that backplate a lot

Thanks Lucas!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Jan 28, 2013, 12:14 AM
the tiny CO2 cans for airsoft. would work.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 28, 2013, 12:22 AM
There's an idea! I was thinking at the very least I could just do a noticeable, cylindrical bulge in between the two halves and just kind of write it off as an armored fuel source that could only be accessed when the plates taken off, but that will certainly be given thought as well...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Jan 28, 2013, 12:56 AM
I love every single thing about this kit ._.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 28, 2013, 10:19 AM
I love every single thing about this kit ._.

Thanks my friend, that's quite the compliment! Any suggestions or comments about anything in particular that you wanted to throw my way, every little bit helps.  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Jan 28, 2013, 07:58 PM
Thanks my friend, that's quite the compliment! Any suggestions or comments about anything in particular that you wanted to throw my way, every little bit helps.  ;D

Finish the blastsword for one!  :laugh: Starfighters of Adumar is one of my favourite EU books, and this replica is simply amazing :D
Aside from that, just try to keep the 'fanged' look you seem to have going in your pieces universal in your kit. It'll look a bit odd if you suddenly start being all 'curvy' or whatnot :P

You seem to have it all pretty much sorted :D I'll definitely keep following this thread!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 28, 2013, 10:41 PM
I desperately need to read up on Starfighters of Adumar! Glad you like the blastsword, that still has a few coats left to be painted before I post another update on that. As for keeping the fanged look, the curviest pieces I have will probably be my upper back piece with the thrusters and the gauntlets I'm starting off with. The gauntlets will probably be the first things to be upgraded, I have big plans for those. As for the upper backplate... well, I guess we'll see how that looks once it's all in one piece.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Lots of pictures!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 30, 2013, 10:00 AM
So, I had quite the productive armor party with Cinciri Ramser, TracynSenaar, and Drak Fiurr Verda last night. Drak was a fantastic help to us last night, and if you read this ner'vod, thanks again! He pretty much saved the day with my gauntlet situation by making me these:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130130_004554.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130130_004641.jpg)

They're pretty much the bases for his own gauntlets that he was working on, and when I saw his I was so giddy about them that he decided to be awesome and cut and shape a pair for me. They fit right in with the whole "fanged" look I'm going for with my kit, so I couldn't be happier. I payed him back with Dominoes Pizza.

I have some grand plans for those, but I think for Megacon I'll just focus on getting them painted and trimmed to fit.

I also got the gaps left by my exacto knife cuts on my shnee plates filled with some epoxy for extra strength, and they fit pretty well.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130130_004355.jpg)

They'll actually probably end up being a bit higher than they are shown here just to make sure they give my knees some coverage, but those may be ready to paint unless I decide to tweak them further.

After a bit of discussion, I have a slightly different plan of attack for securing my fangs to my helmet. I'm going to go ahead and smooth them out with epoxy and throw a few coats of paint on them before gluing them directly to my visor. Once my helmet is done being painted, I'll go ahead and install the visor, line the fangs up to the mandibles as best I can, then throw some more epoxy on the gap until it looks smooth, sand as necessary, then tape off my helmet like madman to do any necessary painting.

Anyway, I went ahead and secured my red acetate sheet to my visor by hot gluing the seems:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130130_004206.jpg)

By the way, that sheet reduces my visibility to next to nothing in low light, so that will be fun to walk around in!

Went ahead and ripped the old visor out of my helmet and sanded the nubs down so I could test fit my red one. I also finally grabbed some spot putty and I can't believe I haven't used it until now, that stuff's amazing! Used it to fill all the imperfections in my dome, and I got the green light from Drak when I asked him if it was finished, so yay!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130130_004235.jpg)

I know I said I wasn't going to worry about my pistol until after Megacon, but since I had Drak there I wanted an opinion on what I had. After some discussion, I settled on an emitter and shortened the barrel a bit, and this is the result:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/PistolWIP_zps5dfdb7d3.jpg)

I just have to open it back up again and add some sintra to the backs of the vents so you can't see straight through to the other side, then a few tweaks here and there before filling the screw holes, painting and final assembly. Might also add some wiper blade fins along what barrel I have.

Aside from all that, got a lot of painting done, and we did some final shaping on my chest armor so that's all ready for painting. I'm getting close, I can feel it!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Boz Ving on Jan 30, 2013, 12:31 PM
Nice! You are well on your way to those kill stripes. Especially with Drak helping out!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Jan 30, 2013, 12:45 PM
Awesome!  Looking forward to seeing you in kit at Megacon!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Manbrolorian on Jan 30, 2013, 12:46 PM
Huzzah! The awesomeness doesn't end!

That visor is badshebs, vod. I might try and make one for my Destroyer, after Mega.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Niabi on Jan 30, 2013, 03:18 PM
Nice Gaunts Vod ;) may i suggest that you make the points blunt or you’ll have someone’s eyes out ;)

not sue if the visor will be dark enough  :( pop it in with tape pop it one and snap a pic ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: D'Larian Ferrel Verda on Jan 30, 2013, 03:40 PM
Looking good
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Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Jan 30, 2013, 04:02 PM
Nice Gaunts Vod ;) may i suggest that you make the points blunt or you’ll have someone’s eyes out ;)

not sue if the visor will be dark enough  :( pop it in with tape pop it one and snap a pic ;)

The visor should be fine, they purchased them from T-visor, he just put that film over it.

The points, I already informed him to sand them down later.

Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 31, 2013, 12:28 AM
Nice! You are well on your way to those kill stripes. Especially with Drak helping out!

Thanks! I'm edging ever closer! And Drak was a huge help, we got fantastic input from him!

Awesome!  Looking forward to seeing you in kit at Megacon!

You and me both Lem'zig! Looking forward to seeing you again!

Nice Gaunts Vod ;) may i suggest that you make the points blunt or you’ll have someone’s eyes out ;)

not sue if the visor will be dark enough  :( pop it in with tape pop it one and snap a pic ;)

Pretty much what Drak said regarding this, the visor is a T-visor.com product that I put a sheet of red acetate plastic over. As for the gaunts, I do need to sand the tips down, though I'm going to attempt to make them still LOOK as pointy as possible without actually being...painful.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Deimos Ordo on Jan 31, 2013, 01:33 PM
Any Plans to greeb the gaunts at all, perhaps a small number pad or communication device? Ammo boxes would also look very cool, Drak has larger ones on his OG kit on chest plate, maybe mini size them like another fellow BVC member Drake, his newest metal kit has them on one gauntlet , they looked great, and Practical

Loving the Blastsword, and the Shins are very nice

How are your Soft goods coming along?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 31, 2013, 01:53 PM
Any Plans to greeb the gaunts at all, perhaps a small number pad or communication device? Ammo boxes would also look very cool, Drak has larger ones on his OG kit on chest plate, maybe mini size them like another fellow BVC member Drake, his newest metal kit has them on one gauntlet , they looked great, and Practical

Loving the Blastsword, and the Shins are very nice

How are your Soft goods coming along?

Oh, I plan on adding stuff to the gaunts eventually. On my right one I'll have a wrist blade mounted onto a rotating head lint brush (don't worry, not spring loaded) and on my left I planned on having a case for my phone. I'm also toying with the idea of having small stabilizer thrusters on my elbow area as well.

Still have a small bit of epoxy work and sanding to do before my shins are ready for paint, and my blastsword is proving to be a bit harder to paint than I expected, but it's coming along:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_132107.jpg)

Never Painted any of my props with spray paint before, so it's certainly a valuable learning experience!


*Edit*

Also, forgot to mention, I believe I have almost everything set, I have combat boots, leather spats, gloves with logos sanded off, belt, pouches. I have my flight suit as well, and although I'd like to have some edits done to it for fit and such, it's wearable. My fiance is wrapping up my vest as well. I do believe I still need to get/make a nechseal for myself. Am I missing anything?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Jan 31, 2013, 03:31 PM
As said untill you get a neck seal, you can just use a balaclava.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 31, 2013, 06:21 PM
I was thinking about using something like this:

(http://www.airsplat.com/Images/AC-APP-ANP114-TMB.jpg)

Or this:

(http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/552073573_1/EMS-free-shipping-hot-selling-50pcs-New-Black-Bike-Motorcycle-Ski-Snowboard-Sport-Neck-Winter-Warmer.jpg)

Except something for hotter weather.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 31, 2013, 08:48 PM
Busy day today, but I got a lot done!  ;D

Here's a pic of my armor layout as of right now:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_192752_zps186c9616.jpg)

Not the best quality, I know. Taken via phone from the top of a wobbly stool. I still need to get a picture of me with all of my armor attached, I'll try to do that when my group next meets on Saturday.

So let's break down the highlights bit by bit, shall we?

First off, shoulders:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_193115_zps32e6b74a.jpg)

These  are pretty much done, minus any decals I want to add, plus a clear coat. Speaking of, what type of finish should I be looking for with my clear coat? I assumed matte to avoid obnoxious shine for pictures, but please feel free to correct me! Anyway, got a little bit of free weathering when a bit of my red coat came off with my painters tape, but I'm not really complaining. The rest of my kit will pretty much revolve around these colors, plus a bit of flat black decals.

Chest Plates:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_192944_zps4bdcdf41.jpg)

I'm very excited for how these are turning out. Got all my silver coats done for them today, and they'll be getting their first taste of red tomorrow morning.

Visor Fangs:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_193242_zpsceb24768.jpg)

After touching up the grooves on my shnees, I went ahead and used the leftover epoxy I had to start working on making my fangs seamless. Still need a bit of work, but once they're done I'm gonna slap them with some silver and grey paint and then glue them to the back of my visor, like so. Once Installed, a little more epoxy and some paint-touchups will make them seamless with the helmet mandibles.

Gloves:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_194421_zps37683b2c.jpg)

I actually didn't work on these today, they've been done for awhile, and I just haven't posted them. I'm still thinking about cutting the pointer and middle fingers, and maybe the thumb, in half so I can have some tactile function.

Antenna/Earcap:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130131_193341_zpsb609a6ef.jpg)

So here's the deal with this, I know that I want to edit this earcap some so that it works with this antenna of mine, and I know I'm going to attach the antenna by adding tabs on either side of the protrusion and gluing it to the inside of the helmet that way. I just don't quite know what I want to do the earcap, ideas? Also, for antenna color, grey silver or black?

Sorry for the complete photo dump guys, I look forward to any feedback anybody has to offer!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jan 31, 2013, 09:06 PM
Id suggest black and silver for the antenna
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 31, 2013, 09:08 PM
Black for the lower portion, silver for the raised bits? Or vice-versa?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jan 31, 2013, 09:22 PM
Maybe the other way around like tie fighter wings.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 31, 2013, 10:06 PM
Hmm... Interesting idea.I like both, but I'll make a final decision later on, it all gets painted silver regardless. At least I know my two colors for now.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: D'Larian Ferrel Verda on Feb 01, 2013, 12:05 PM
I like your progress so far. I have to ask about the gloves, did they come with the ridges or did you add them?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 01, 2013, 12:49 PM
Thanks D'Larian! The gloves came with them... the only changes I've made to the gloves are the sanded off logos and such. I saw them and I had to have them, they fell into my color scheme perfectly.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Niabi on Feb 01, 2013, 01:45 PM
Its coming together vod ;) nice
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 02, 2013, 10:45 AM
Thanks Niabi, appreciate your continued support.

I'm actually about to head out and hunt through a local thrift store for greebs and such and grab some Rare Earth Magnets for my gauntlets from ACE or something. I did have one question that I've been meaning to get an answer for a while... What type of finish should I be using for my clear cote of paint. I'm assuming Matte to dull the colors out a bit, but I wanted to know what the recommended finish was.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 02, 2013, 03:55 PM
When you do, MIST several LIGHT coats of the Matt clear coat if you don't want it to actually look varnished.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 02, 2013, 04:20 PM
I'm really liking this build but imma add my 2 cents to this.

1) I'm not feeling the rf thing reminds me of this guy
(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x393/MalaLupus/38506-1_zpse096fcd5.jpg)
 and to me having a rf that sticks out like that, let alone and rf at all, screams "shoot my head!"

2) I like the shoulders, reminds me of an elite's from the Halo series but hte points seem like a hazard not only to you but people around you. I could be wrong. I'd have to see where and how they sit on your body.

3) the helmet still seems off to me. but thats me. The fangs I like, but they seem like if you try to look down you might snap one of them off.

Again this is my 2 cents. I dnt mean to seem like Mace and come in here and chop your head off.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 02, 2013, 10:57 PM
When you do, MIST several LIGHT coats of the Matt clear coat if you don't want it to actually look varnished.

Alright, several light mist coats of matte, got it. Is that all the clearcoating I'll need?

I appreciate the input and constructive criticisms Krie, that actually helps more than a standard "Good job!" So let me address your concerns bullet by bullet.

1) It's not really a range finder, more of an antenna, and it's based off of this:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Antenna%20close%20up_zps14df6b84.jpg)

I didn't really want to do a standard rangefinder for this kit, so after exploring helmets for a while I came across that and enjoyed the design of it. I'll be posting pics soon of how the rangefinder actually sits on my helmet, I did some work on how I'm mounting it tonight.

2) The shoulders aren't nearly as sharp as they look, glad you like them though! They won't really be a hazard to anybody unless I rip them off my shoulders and start hitting people with them. Still working on the mounting for those, I'll get back to you on that.

3) I'll get you to like that helmet yet, my friend! Just you wait! As for the fangs, I'll be reinforcing them with a lot of epoxy and such, so they shouldn't snap. And if they do, lesson learned! Time will tell.

Again, keep the criticisms coming, I can't build a good kit if nobody voices their concerns!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 02, 2013, 11:20 PM
thats why it looks off. But maybe it wnt look so weird when its done
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 02, 2013, 11:35 PM
I think you're talking about the antenna with that last comment. If so, this pic should help you get a better mental image of what I'm doing:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130202_221712_zps46f920b9.jpg)

I spent a good chunk of my shed time today making that happen. I basically added extended tabs to the antenna, cut a groove into my earcap, and added a hole to the earcap to slide my tabs through.

Here's a better look at what I did to the earcap:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130202_221402_zps44bc259b.jpg)

It still needs to be cleaned up a bit, and any gaps leftover will be filled with epoxy when the time comes. But my antenna basically runs down that groove, in an effort to keep it from jutting to far out from my head.

Better look at the antenna slid into the groove:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130202_221429_zps7781048a.jpg)

I spent the rest of my time either painting the rest of the red onto my chest plates, now I need to decide where I'm going to add my gray!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 02, 2013, 11:54 PM
still makes me want to aim for the head. lol. needs more sharp lines on the helmet
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 02, 2013, 11:59 PM
Still not quite understanding what you mean by "needs more sharp lines", give me a specific suggestion of something I should do Krie! Help me help you help myself!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Feb 03, 2013, 12:12 AM
well the whole thing is very angular, except the cheeks. for reference about what i mean, see the assassin bucket's cheeks. the Jango helmet has round cheeks that seem to really stick out compared to the rest of the design.

^my two cents :D

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 03, 2013, 12:13 AM
like
Quote
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Antenna%20close%20up_zps14df6b84.jpg)
this i guess
 the lines and the polygons on the helmet tie the rf into the helmet to make it more balanced.


even this one does it with another rf thing, the greebly on the front and the paint job

Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 03, 2013, 12:20 AM
I'll look into adding some angular bits to my cheeks, maybe that  will help? The first thought that comes to mind is kind of a layered look similar to the shape of my shoulders. Sound good?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Feb 03, 2013, 12:24 AM
I'll look into adding some angular bits to my cheeks, maybe that  will help? The first thought that comes to mind is kind of a layered look similar to the shape of my shoulders. Sound good?

very :D

i definitely think you should try to invest in an assassin bucket some time in the future. it'd fit your kit so well ;) but for now, get official :laugh:

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 03, 2013, 12:37 AM
very :D

i definitely think you should try to invest in an assassin bucket some time in the future. it'd fit your kit so well ;) but for now, get official :laugh:

-Kane

Alrighty Kane, I have a quest for you. You find me a link to an Assassin bucket that I can buy, and depending on my funds I will buy that buy'ce with the biggest smile on my face that you could imagine. I've been dying to get my hands on one, and I agree: It would go great with my kit. Mainly because I love them so much!  :D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 03, 2013, 01:43 AM

Sorry Kane beat ya to it.

Alrighty Kane, I have a quest for you. You find me a link to an Assassin bucket that I can buy, and depending on my funds I will buy that buy'ce with the biggest smile on my face that you could imagine. I've been dying to get my hands on one, and I agree: It would go great with my kit. Mainly because I love them so much!  :D

nvm
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Feb 03, 2013, 01:59 AM
nope ya didn't :laugh: that link is not allowed as per the ruling on all M advertisement.

i sent a PM hours ago :P

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: z2the4 on Feb 03, 2013, 02:10 AM
I like the concept/idea, but honestly in my eyes it looks slightly too large in comparison to the Helmet.
If you could make it slightly smaller it wouldn't look so "BAM here I am" and be a more subtle detail.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 03, 2013, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the input vod! I personally don't think its to big, I kind of like it the size it is now. If that changes some time in the future then I'll make some changes to the antenna itself. That being said, it looks like I'll be upgrading to an assassin bucket some time in the near future, so we'll see what happens with that.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Byrek Avery on Feb 03, 2013, 01:10 PM
If you keep the J2P, you should replace the cheeks.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 03, 2013, 01:26 PM
If you keep the J2P, you should replace the cheeks.

With what? Off the top of my head I think I've seen for sale signs and sintra used.

Based on the feedback I've been getting, I might look into plating the cheeks I have with angular cut outs of sintra, would that help with any concerns?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Byrek Avery on Feb 03, 2013, 02:01 PM
With what? Off the top of my head I think I've seen for sale signs and sintra used.

Based on the feedback I've been getting, I might look into plating the cheeks I have with angular cut outs of sintra, would that help with any concerns?

Anything flat. Signs work. Sintra works. And honestly, I don't think so. Replacing the rounded cheeks ups the quality to incredible amounts. And maybe then plating them? I don't exactly know what you mean by plating though.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Feb 03, 2013, 02:57 PM
Anything flat. Signs work. Sintra works. And honestly, I don't think so. Replacing the rounded cheeks ups the quality to incredible amounts. And maybe then plating them? I don't exactly know what you mean by plating though.

By plating he means, instead of cutting them out and replacing them, attaching angular plates on the exterior of them. If that is done properly it can work. The problem is making sure it is done properly. Something like that can really destroy the helmet and the overall look. Can't this week, but I might be able to stop over to help you all out again next week. If you want we can discuss it there. Until then I would just say keep working forward for Mega with the rest of the kit. You don't want to mess up your kit for the big unveil.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 03, 2013, 03:32 PM
By plating he means, instead of cutting them out and replacing them, attaching angular plates on the exterior of them. If that is done properly it can work. The problem is making sure it is done properly. Something like that can really destroy the helmet and the overall look. Can't this week, but I might be able to stop over to help you all out again next week. If you want we can discuss it there. Until then I would just say keep working forward for Mega with the rest of the kit. You don't want to mess up your kit for the big unveil.

Pretty much exactly what I meant by plating. I think I'll go ahead and replace the cheeks anyway, I've been getting a lot of feedback suggesting my helmet looks out of place compared to my armor, I figure straight cheeks might help with the angled look my helmet is apparently lacking. If it still looks odd after that, I'll explore other options.

And Drak, we'd love to have you down again, we usually gather tuesdays and saturdays, and Thursday is a possibility for me, though I don't know if that stands true for the rest of the group. Let me know a specific date that works for you.

In the meantime, I'll work on finishing my thruster plate and gauntlets, as well as wrapping up the painting on my chest plates.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 05, 2013, 11:47 PM
Spent some time today thinking about how I want to add grey to my chest plates, this is what I came up with:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130205_231441_zps5f027926.jpg)

Still have ideas brewing for the diamond and the collar. I know I want the collar to interact with a design I'm planning for my helmet, but I won't apply that until the helmet is pretty much done being painted.

Also, more work done to the blastsword:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130205_230128_zps3a4a51b9.jpg)

The blastsword is almost done, I'm so excited!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Feb 06, 2013, 04:13 AM
It's all looking great vod!
HOWEVER... I can't look at the central detailing without seeing a moustache and beard xD I'M SORRY, I just can't unsee it!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Manbrolorian on Feb 06, 2013, 10:40 AM
It's all looking great vod!
HOWEVER... I can't look at the central detailing without seeing a moustache and beard xD I'M SORRY, I just can't unsee it!

 :laugh: This.

Despite to uncanny similarity to facial hair, I really like the way the paint job looks! Can't wait to see the whole kit painted up!  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Feb 06, 2013, 05:01 PM
It's all looking great vod!
HOWEVER... I can't look at the central detailing without seeing a moustache and beard xD I'M SORRY, I just can't unsee it!

lol sorry vod, but that was honestly my first thought :laugh:

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 07, 2013, 01:09 AM
Haha, glad everyone's getting a kick out of it. I myself noticed the mustache shape, but I posted it anyway to see if I was the only one who thought that. I'll be changing the shape of the stache portion a bit so that it hopefully doesn't look so much like marvelous facial hair.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Feb 07, 2013, 05:48 AM
NO NO NO

Keep it and draw a monocle as well! >:D And then... and then wear a TOP HAT! You can be MANDO McDAPPERSSON!
Actually... do what you wish, but I think I need to jot ideas down for a second suit :D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Hagen Nor'ak on Feb 07, 2013, 09:56 AM
Just weather it up a bit to break the lines up and you should be fine. Add scrapes with brown/grey/black wash and it should do the trick... Also adding a center rectangle to your diamond should help to break it up a bit.

Have a good one,
Hagen
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 07, 2013, 10:28 AM
NO NO NO

Keep it and draw a monocle as well! >:D And then... and then wear a TOP HAT! You can be MANDO McDAPPERSSON!
Actually... do what you wish, but I think I need to jot ideas down for a second suit :D

Haha! Nice vod, I'd be lying if I said the thought hadn't crossed my mind. Great minds think alike, huh? Actually, my group of local shinies and I were thinking about sneaking a decal of a mythosaur skull with a top hat and monocle somewhere onto each of our kits, though I don't know if we're still doing it.

Here's a pic of what I was actually thinking of doing to the chest armor:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/armordetail3_zpsd62bb12f.jpg)

Mind you, the changes were made in about 3 minutes in photoshop, but I plan on working on it today. Also, I'm not quite sure if I just want to add a rectangle to my diamond or do the design I've shown above.

Just weather it up a bit to break the lines up and you should be fine. Add scrapes with brown/grey/black wash and it should do the trick... Also adding a center rectangle to your diamond should help to break it up a bit.

Have a good one,
Hagen

Don't worry, I plan on dirtying it up a bit as well.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Niabi on Feb 07, 2013, 03:30 PM
those changes look cool ;) Do It ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Feb 07, 2013, 03:30 PM
Liking that paint job!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Feb 07, 2013, 03:34 PM
You're gonna hate me for this, but now its an old wise Chinese man with  mustache and beard :D.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Feb 07, 2013, 06:10 PM
You're gonna hate me for this, but now its an old wise Chinese man with  mustache and beard :D.

ditto

or hulk hogan with a devil beard :P

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 07, 2013, 06:12 PM
Yeah... CJ had the same idea... Oh well! I guess it'll be a fun little Easter Egg, the 'stache plates
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kane Friax on Feb 07, 2013, 06:14 PM
Yeah... CJ had the same idea... Oh well! I guess it'll be a fun little Easter Egg, the 'stache plates

i guess you could call them "red baron" plates :laugh:

-Kane
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 07, 2013, 06:22 PM
i guess you could call them "red baron" plates :laugh:

-Kane

You're just on a kriffing roll today aren't you bud?   :laugh:
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 07, 2013, 09:30 PM
Quick update, grew my 'stache out a bit  :rolleyes: :

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130207_210707_zps2fddbec5.jpg)

Still not sure what I want to do with the chest diamond, I could:

leave it red

Cover it completely in grey

do a rectangle in the middle of gray

or do the angled grey like in the picture concept in my previous post

Oh, and also, blastsword's done painting:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/4fa5f96f-35bf-4acc-9cbc-6e3f40412fb2_zpsc404628f.jpg)

Needs a few touch-ups here and there, but all it really needs left is a clear coat.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Caesar3594 on Feb 08, 2013, 01:29 AM
Wow, this kit is coming out to look AWESEOME! And after seeing your character in action in role play I am very exicted to see it in real life. I am hoping to get my kit done by Megacon, maybe you, Jim, and I could troop together?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 08, 2013, 02:18 AM
Wow, this kit is coming out to look AWESEOME! And after seeing your character in action in role play I am very exicted to see it in real life. I am hoping to get my kit done by Megacon, maybe you, Jim, and I could troop together?

Thanks bud! That sounds great, can't wait to see your stalker helmet in the flesh and maybe get a chance to try one on to see if they're to big for my head or not, haha! I wouldn't dare call my kit done by megacon, but it'll be wearable, which means it'll be close!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Caesar3594 on Feb 08, 2013, 09:05 AM
Yeah the stalker is great. And yeah mine will not be done either just wearable.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 09, 2013, 11:07 AM
Minor update, filled in some of the creases on my shneess and got it painted to its first silver coat.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130208_003549_zpsed7b058b.jpg)

Also almost done with my antenna paint:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130208_004229_zps24768d4b.jpg)

Still not 100% sure what I want the final colors to be on this thing...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Caesar3594 on Feb 09, 2013, 11:24 AM
Sweet looking good!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Niabi on Feb 09, 2013, 11:28 AM
Shiny  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 09, 2013, 12:07 PM
Shiny  ;D

Indeed! I'm thinking about either adding some flat black to the raised section of the antenna or just coating the entire thing in the granite grey that I'm using for my armor details.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 10, 2013, 12:22 AM
Quick update on my thruster plate, I threw a coat of primer down on it so I could get a better look of what the structure of it looks like without being transparent, and I rather like it:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130209_215412_zps7a987f39.jpg)

After that, I cut up some PVC couplings to sit at an angle and placed them inside, and ta-da! Nozzles!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130209_225943_zps44fb2bac.jpg)

I still have a bit of thinking to do on how exactly I want them oriented. I've also started to add layers of hotglue to places I plan to use a lot of epoxy, the hotglue is acting as a bit of a filler so I don't have to use as much epoxy to smooth everything out.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 10, 2013, 12:37 AM
are you going to fix the seams. and these, while better then a jetpack, still seem like a bad idea on the battlefield. but it looks great either way!!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Caesar3594 on Feb 10, 2013, 12:38 AM
They are looking awesome
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 10, 2013, 12:48 AM
are you going to fix the seams. and these, while better then a jetpack, still seem like a bad idea on the battlefield. but it looks great either way!!

I've also started to add layers of hotglue to places I plan to use a lot of epoxy, the hotglue is acting as a bit of a filler so I don't have to use as much epoxy to smooth everything out.

Why yes, yes I am.  :P And while I disagree about the bad idea on a battlefield thing, I appreciate the compliment.


They are looking awesome


Thanks vod, glad you like 'em!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 10, 2013, 12:53 AM
seems like if they explode you lose your back at best your armor.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 10, 2013, 12:58 AM
They shouldn't explode, any ignitable fuel source would be pretty well plated in beskar, which isn't invincible, but it certainly isn't flimsi, either. I figure anything that hits me hard enough to pierce the plating and ignite the plating would have been poerful enough to punch right through me anyway.

Besides, the mobility boost they would provide would be well worth the risk.

And in the end it's important to remember that it's primary purpose is to look cool while I wear it.  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 10, 2013, 01:30 AM
which it does so lol. It looks great vod.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 10, 2013, 08:39 AM
Excellent then, mission accomplished!  :laugh:
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 10, 2013, 12:13 PM
Or you can use beskar alloy with 2%Carbon so it forms the lattice structures and is lightweight enough to be good on a jetpack or lightweight armour. Theres not really any diferance in weight, just bragging rights. And you could allways say your armour has a radar disrupting stealth overlay to it as well.(while my explosion impacts on my armour dig into the surface, iridium alloy radar disrupting stealth coating-feel free to borrow the deia lol)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 10, 2013, 12:20 PM
Or you can use beskar alloy with 2%Carbon so it forms the lattice structures and is lightweight enough to be good on a jetpack or lightweight armour. Theres not really any diferance in weight, just bragging rights. And you could allways say your armour has a radar disrupting stealth overlay to it as well.(while my explosion impacts on my armour dig into the surface, iridium alloy radar disrupting stealth coating-feel free to borrow the deia lol)

I like it! Very well thought out, I may use that, haha!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 10, 2013, 12:22 PM
whoops-typo in the paragraph. I retypde the first couple sentances because I got something messed up and forgot to  change the second 'wieght"   It should say


There's not really any diferance in strength, just more bragging rights to 100% beskar.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 13, 2013, 12:35 AM
Quick progress update:

Shnees painted
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130212_231830_zps6b51a5ea.jpg)

I plan on doing a bit more with the gray later on, once I go in and add my completely enclosed calves and such. This is what they'll probably look like for Megacon though!

Gauntlets painted as well
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130212_231117_zps716b5433.jpg)

For some reason, the one on the left looks massively larger than the other in this picture, but they're actually both the same size, I assure you. And yes, the tips have been sanded down a bit, they no longer draw blood.  :laugh:

Added a bit of gray to my diamond as well:
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130212_232346_zps10e5bf10.jpg)

Now it seems like it fits in better with the rest of the chest designs

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130212_232335_zps05c715f4.jpg)

Minus the collar piece, these plates are pretty much done painting until after Megacon. I'll make sure to weather them up after they've actually seen action.  ;D

Also, filled in a lot of seams and such on my thruster plate:
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130212_230828_zpsbcfa2783.jpg)

May not look to pretty right now, but I plan on hitting it with some spot putty and sanding it all to a nice, consistent angle.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Feb 13, 2013, 12:40 AM
I'm loving your paint job boss. You're kit is also coming along beautifully. I look forward to trooping with you.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 13, 2013, 12:47 AM
Thanks ner'vod! I appreciate both the compliments! Also, I forgot to mention, I plan on keeping my gaunts secure with rare earth magnets, positioned somewhat like this:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130211_135122_zpsfeaaa6d0.jpg)

I'm thinking a pair near the front and back of the gaunt should be more than enough, these things are ridiculous.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Caesar3594 on Feb 13, 2013, 12:54 AM
Looking awesome dude!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Cinciri Ramser on Feb 13, 2013, 09:45 AM
That stache
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 13, 2013, 09:53 AM
Looking awesome dude!

Thanks Caesar!

That stache

Your just jealous your armor can't rock a stache, Cinciri.  :laugh:
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Carid Vhett on Feb 13, 2013, 11:06 PM
Looks good Sirius.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 14, 2013, 12:57 AM
Looks good Sirius.

That's Sirus, and thanks!  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Carid Vhett on Feb 15, 2013, 04:39 AM
That's Sirus, and thanks!  ;D

My bad Sirus.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 15, 2013, 09:50 AM
Got some more work done last night, though I didn't have time to take pictures of all of it before my phone died.

Pretty much finished painting my antenna:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130214_142103_zps94dd538d.jpg)

I just decided to go with a flat grey, as the reference I based it off of was one solid color as well. I'm also working on painting the earcap it will be attached to and filling in any major gaps. Once the earcap has a good coat of grey on it I'll attach the antenna to it and make it seamless.

Also finished filling the seams on my fangs with epoxy and spot putty, and got a couple coats of primer and silver onto them. I'll have better pics to show later on, I only got this really fuzzy one in before my phone died.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130214_215516_zps29b0fcbb.jpg)

This is what I spent most of the day working on, the edges of my thruster plate:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130214_203721_zps8bf7a495.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130214_203708_zps56775dbc.jpg)

Just need some minor spot putty touch-ups here and there and to actually secure the nozzles to the plate, and then it's ready for paint!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Niabi on Feb 15, 2013, 02:36 PM
great work vod ;D the kits looking great keep it up ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 15, 2013, 10:52 PM
Thanks Niabi, will do! Lookin' forward to the day I earn one of those Niabi thumbs ups!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Deimos Ordo on Feb 17, 2013, 12:35 PM
The Thruster pack is excellent, keep it up
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Feb 17, 2013, 03:30 PM
So you're pretty much almost done right? How about the rest of your crew?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 17, 2013, 07:47 PM
The Thruster pack is excellent, keep it up

Thanks bud, I should have some updated pics of that within the next few days!

So you're pretty much almost done right? How about the rest of your crew?

Very close to having it wearable for Megacon, Drak. I doubt I'll ever be actually done with it, and I plan on working on it quite a bit more before I attempt to send in an application for Official Membership.

As for the rest of my crew:

Cinciri Ramser is finalizing the paint job on most of his plates. He still has some tweaking left to do on his boots, and his helmet is almost ready for painting. Also, I need to get back to work on his sniper, but that just has a bit of touching up to do before it's ready for paint. Here's a link to his WIP: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=54602.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=54602.0)

TracynSenaar has finished painting most of her plates, has finished her axe, is almost done with her pistol, and has started priming her helmet. She still has some add-ons she's working on with her backplate and gaunts, and she's got some progress done for a holster for  her pistol. Her WIP can be found here :
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=54010.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=54010.0)

And my fiance, Abiik Krie, has STILL not started a WIP thread, but her armor is coming along. Some of her plates are almost done being painted, though her chest plates still need some shaping. I've made some headway with her cannon as well.

All in all, we should all be troopable by Megacon, though we probably won't submit for OM status until a bit after, once we are more satisfied with our kits.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 20, 2013, 10:45 AM
Usual post-Tuesday update.

Finished painting my right earcap, got the antenna installed and glued into it, sealed up most of the seams with epoxy. Still have a few slight touch-ups to do, specifically on the seams.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130220_003916_zps47a87c10.jpg)
1042.

Here's a quick gander at what it looks like attached to the helmet, which I've finally primed:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130220_004722_zpsa68601c8.jpg)

I also wrapped up the painting on my fangs:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130220_004507_zpsa5fc19f7.jpg)

Terrible camera quality is terrible, sorry. Here's a rough idea of what they look like on my helmet:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130220_004653_zpsd2ce2b64.jpg)

They're a bit off because of the crazy angle I had to contort my hand to to get them to stay, but you get the idea.

And finally, another update on my thruster plate:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130220_003630_zps689b0373.jpg)

Not many noticeable differences from last time, but it's pretty much done after some very minor tweaks.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Caesar3594 on Feb 20, 2013, 08:22 PM
Looking awesome! I cant wait to see it finished!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Feb 20, 2013, 09:41 PM
The pack is looking a LOT smoother Sirus, it makes a big difference! As always, looking amazing :D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 21, 2013, 12:15 AM
Thanks guys! I'll be working on everything a bit more tomorrow, hope to get a few coats of paint on my helmet and thruster plate! Expect pictures.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ran on Feb 21, 2013, 12:53 AM
I can't believe I haven't posted here yet.
That jet looks fantastic Sirus! I can't wait for more pics. :)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 21, 2013, 01:01 AM
I can't believe I haven't posted here yet.
That jet looks fantastic Sirus! I can't wait for more pics. :)

Thanks! Looking at it now, I'm thinking I might want to angle the jet nozzles a bit more so that they face a bit more in the downward direction. I'll look at it tomorrow before deciding.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 22, 2013, 11:23 AM
To start off today's update, I took an updated shot of my armor layout. I probably need to do one of these with my soft parts layed out as well...

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130222_021631_zps331359f1.jpg)

As you can see from the pic above, I got some painting done on my helmet and thruster plate!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130222_022151_zps4c4af3b5.jpg)

Both of these plates need another coat of silver, as the top one looks to glossy and the bottom just seems off. then I'll be slapping some grey decals on them and gluing the nozzles, which I believe I'll be keeping silver. I'll add some scorch marks in later on.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130222_022628_zps7a708d2d.jpg)

I also hit my helmet with a few coats of silver and then red. I think it needs one more coat of red as well before I go into the grey details. Once I have a coat or two of grey down, I'm going to go ahead and attach the earcap, fill in any seams and such before going into grey touch-ups. After that, I install the visor, attach the fangs, make it all seamless and then make sure to touch up paint where needed!

Oh, and for my gauntlets, I decided to go with rare-earth magnets as a closure method:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130222_022051_zps8d4a13e9.jpg)

I secured the magnets with hotglue and E-6000 (the hotglue was really just to help hold the magnets in place while the E-6000 dried) and then I took some steel epoxy and kind of housed them in with it. As long as I open it carefully  The magnets stay in place pretty well. It may not be the best permanent solution, but it will do for Megacon! If it keeps working, great! If not, then I'll try something else.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Feb 23, 2013, 06:02 AM
Looking great Sirus! I really love how those shoulders turned out.
I was planning to use magnets to attach my plates, but I never thought to use them for the gauntlets...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 23, 2013, 06:14 AM
that is ALOT of red my man.
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Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 23, 2013, 08:48 AM
red=honour  ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Feb 23, 2013, 09:15 AM
Those are some nice gauntlets you got their boss. ;)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Ran on Feb 23, 2013, 01:13 PM
that is ALOT of red my man.
Well, his name is Sirus The Red. :laugh:
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Garik Evnairis on Feb 23, 2013, 02:33 PM
Little late to the game but that thruster plate is sick. I'm going with lots of red too, so I'm a fan.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Dar'manda on Feb 23, 2013, 05:54 PM
Well, his name is Sirus The Red. :laugh:

red=honour  ;D

The red visor might be too much. It looks like he bathed in blood. creepy but cool
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 24, 2013, 01:26 AM
Those are some nice gauntlets you got their boss. ;)

Thank you again for the gaunts, Drak! They're working great.

Well, his name is Sirus The Red. :laugh:

Pretty much read my mind their with that rebuttal, Ranovla!  :laugh:

red=honour  ;D

I actually wasn't putting a whole lot of emphasis on the meanings behind the colors for this kit. As a character, I feel Sirus views excessive honor as a liability, and that it can lead to foolish actions. Though I suppose a bit of honor is necessary in order to remain loyal to contractors and such.

Little late to the game but that thruster plate is sick. I'm going with lots of red too, so I'm a fan.

Thanks for the compliment Nolekhan!

The red visor might be too much. It looks like he bathed in blood. creepy but cool

Don't worry about the excessive red, Krie, I plan on trimming the visor mandibles and such with grey to give proper contrast between visor and armor. In fact, most of the kit will be seeing  a bit more grey before to long, so it'll balance out a bit.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 27, 2013, 09:04 AM
Usual Wednesday update!

Last night I got some painting on my helmet done, along with my thruster plate. I had some minor setbacks, with some paint peeling on the thruster plate and my dremel dying on me, but I still got some good work done on this and other projects!

My helmet as of right now:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130227_002509_zpsa808a485.jpg)

I'm not sure if I want to add anything else as far as paint goes, at least not yet. The visor still isn't attached yet, I threw that in to show how well the red contrasted with the grey, as some of you seemed concerned. I just need to clean up the seam from gluing the earcap in place and hit it with some more grey before I install the visor.

Thruster plate:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_5536_zps7ef3e885.jpg)

Got some grey on both the back plates, I'm rather pleased with it. Unfortunately, the tape we were using pulled off a bit too much off the thruster plate, so I'm going to have to go back in and clean that up with some more red before I can glue the nozzles in place. Speaking of which, I went ahead and hit the insides of the nozzles with some flat black to give them a bit more of a scorched look.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Kelan Ord on Feb 27, 2013, 09:15 AM
Liking the paint app...!!!!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 27, 2013, 09:33 AM
Thanks! I might go back in later and throw some black decals and such in there as well. I wanted to do black markings running down my cheeks where my eyes would be, but it would look out of place if it was the only black, so In have ideas I'm working on for the rest of the kit.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Karvas Dral on Feb 27, 2013, 09:58 AM
Thinking of any weathering? Doing some scorching around the thruster would sell the whole "thruster-pack" look.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 27, 2013, 10:04 AM
Oh, I'll definitely do some weathering, as I've said. It will probably be done later on in March, after Megacon rolls over and my clean-up for OM status begins.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Vanlande Ne'trasenaar on Feb 27, 2013, 10:35 AM
I love that thruster idea. That turned out great. I might have to borrow that idea sometime...
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 27, 2013, 01:20 PM
Go for it bro, make sure to send me a link to the WIP thread if you do!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: D'Larian Ferrel Verda on Feb 28, 2013, 08:56 PM
Its looking good Sirus. I definitely want to get a closer look at your thruster at Mega. I like the way the pieces are split. I don't so much want a thruster, but the sectioned back plate is cool.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 01, 2013, 12:22 AM
Its looking good Sirus. I definitely want to get a closer look at your thruster at Mega. I like the way the pieces are split. I don't so much want a thruster, but the sectioned back plate is cool.

Thanks! If you want, I can trace out a template on some paper and bring it with me to Megacon. I'm glad you like the design!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 01, 2013, 11:20 PM
Quick update, got my visor installed into my helmet today, between cutting out pieces of keyblade armor.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130301_203436_zps52223ec6.jpg)

Just need to install those fangs, and my helmet is done for now!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 01, 2013, 11:28 PM
Mean. Can you take off the tape, so we can see it in all its glory.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 01, 2013, 11:35 PM
Once the fangs are on, all will be revealed, haha!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: D'Larian Ferrel Verda on Mar 01, 2013, 11:37 PM
Thanks! If you want, I can trace out a template on some paper and bring it with me to Megacon. I'm glad you like the design!

That would be extremely appreciated sir. I do like where you have went with your kit, I can't wait to see it in person.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 01, 2013, 11:57 PM
No problem, I'll have to remember to get a good trace of it, bug me about it on Facebook in the meantime.

And thanks so much, I appreciate the support!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 05, 2013, 12:12 AM
Finally got to take the tape off of my helmet today! After installing my fangs and making sure everything was pretty much seamless, I hit them with some grey and snapped these pics once everything was dry and the tape was off.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130304_132403_zps67528ed8.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130304_132342_zps52206256.jpg)

I did have a few minor mishaps with the tape, nothing that can't be fixed, just a few examples of pulled paint and my diamond decal isn't quite as crisp as I would like it to be. I'll weather it up a bit after it's seen it's first action at Megacon.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Swift on Mar 05, 2013, 12:58 AM
Love it Sirus! You did a good job on attaching the fangs.
The antennae looks a tad large to me though... though it may be fine with the rest of the kit. Maybe 'balance' it out wiht something on the other side of the helmet?
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Calder Varad on Mar 05, 2013, 02:32 AM
I am filled with envious envy. Looking brilliant ner vod!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Almost Done!) Opinions wanted!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 05, 2013, 09:46 AM
Love it Sirus! You did a good job on attaching the fangs.
The antennae looks a tad large to me though... though it may be fine with the rest of the kit. Maybe 'balance' it out wiht something on the other side of the helmet?

Thanks Swift! I've been worrying about those things since before I even got my helmet, I'm happy they got attached without too much incident. I did have a small instance of some spray paint spatter on the inside of my visor, but a quick swab of lighter fluid cleared that up just fine. The antenna was meant to be that large, it's of a comparative size to the one in the reference picture I've posted in here a few times. I kind of wanted my helmet to have an asymmetrical look anyway, so I don't mind the lack of attachment on the other side.

I am filled with envious envy. Looking brilliant ner vod!

Envious envy huh?  :laugh: Thanks for the compliment ner vod!
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Post by: Manbrolorian on Mar 05, 2013, 09:56 AM
Ermahgerd. Just-... Ermahgerd.

That looks awesome, Sirus! I Sirus-ly ( :laugh:) can't wait to see this at Megacon!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 05, 2013, 10:03 AM
Ermahgerd. Just-... Ermahgerd.

That looks awesome, Sirus! I Sirus-ly ( :laugh:) can't wait to see this at Megacon!

.... Tell me Manbro, just HOW long have you been waiting to use that one?  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Zadkiel on Mar 05, 2013, 10:15 AM
The fangs look awesome, I would be nervous of them breaking when setting the bucket down on a table though.
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Post by: Manbrolorian on Mar 05, 2013, 11:12 AM
.... Tell me Manbro, just HOW long have you been waiting to use that one?  :rolleyes:

Months.  :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Karvas Dral on Mar 05, 2013, 11:43 PM
I would try to break up the red on the cheeks with either a darker red, or darker gray. As it is now it messes with the depth that a man do bucket already has. I like the antenna as is though.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 06, 2013, 12:41 AM
I plan on throwing some black into my scheme as well, and I have a few paint ideas about it concerning my helmet.
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Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 06, 2013, 02:08 AM
also get some steel wool and scratch it up a bit, it will also help with the paint errors.
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Post by: Dar'manda on Mar 06, 2013, 04:43 PM
Ok. I stand corrected. The grey did break up the odd amounts of red quite nicely and evenly. Still have to see the entire kit put together before I approve of the entire kit. but the helmet does look nice vod.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 07, 2013, 10:22 AM
See? I told you to trust me Krie, haha! Yesterday we got a few of the messy paint lines touched up a bit, no pictures of it though.
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Post by: Solus Raam on Mar 07, 2013, 11:32 AM
You have done incredible work brother. Can't wait to see it at Megacon. My 1 criticism would be the fang mandibles. Think they will cause you some issues not only for setting the bucket down but for when you wear it. When you try to look down in your helmet they may cause an issue banging against your chest armor. As much as I love the way you range finder on your helmet looks I really think the fangs take away from the overall helmet look. Just my opinion man.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 07, 2013, 01:28 PM
You have done incredible work brother. Can't wait to see it at Megacon. My 1 criticism would be the fang mandibles. Think they will cause you some issues not only for setting the bucket down but for when you wear it. When you try to look down in your helmet they may cause an issue banging against your chest armor. As much as I love the way you range finder on your helmet looks I really think the fangs take away from the overall helmet look. Just my opinion man.

And I thank you for your honest opinion Solus, I actually prefer some criticism instead of generic "good job"s

To try and assuage some of your concerns though: I've actually worn the helmet around a bit, and the fangs are actually much less annoying than I thought they would be. I can pretty much tilt my head all the way down with no problems, though that's without armor on. Still, head functionality shouldn't be too impeded. And I can set the helmet down on the ground with little concern, the fangs are a decent balance point. sure, I'm going to avoid setting the helmet on the ground as much as possible, but I won't really be too worried when I do.

The fangs were really just an experiment to see if I could, as I've personally never seen it done before. I plan on getting either an Assassin or a Stalker bucket for this kit before too long, and I'm kind of using this helmet as the trial for whether or not I want to fang my next helmet as well.

Thanks again for the feedback Solus!
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Post by: Solus Raam on Mar 09, 2013, 12:48 AM
No problem. I recommend both of those helmets ... Seeing as I have both  :D
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Post by: seugtai on Mar 09, 2013, 08:41 AM
And I can set the helmet down on the ground with little concern, the fangs are a decent balance point. sure, I'm going to avoid setting the helmet on the ground as much as possible, but I won't really be too worried when I do.

You'll have to watch them over time. I used to keep my helmet stored sitting as well, thinking it would be a good balance point. But all the weight was directed right to that point and it developed a hairline fracture. Of course yours is slightly different as it would have two balance points to distribute the weight but I wouldn't chance it if it was me. I now keep it on a mannequin head when I'm not trooping. Just something to consider.

Oh and "good job". :P
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Mar 09, 2013, 08:50 AM
Thanks for the tip. Again, I'm going to avoid setting it down as much as possible, and I expect some cracks to develop over time regardless.

And I can't get mad at that good job, because you actually supplied useful information before you said it, haha!
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Post by: TracynSenaar on Mar 10, 2013, 01:18 PM
We can get you a stand for it no biggie.
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Post by: Manbrolorian on Mar 10, 2013, 01:25 PM
Heck, you could just use a styrofoam wig-head to hold the bucket. It's what I use, and what was used at the CVI Mercs Bunker.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 29, 2013, 02:21 AM
Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates! Pre-Megacon crunch time hit and I stopped posting due to lack of time, and haven't gotten around to updating until just now. For those of you who weren't there (or that I didn't see) Megacon was a blast, and yes, I did get my armor wearable for the convention, though just barely! I actually had a lot of trouble with my velcro falling off my vest, so only a last minute gift of some loctite super glue saved me (multiple times throughout the day!). So thank you again, Danny, I owe you one big time!

Anyway, here are some pics from the convention:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130316_131316_zpsd874958b.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130316_131326_zps621c8ade.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/20130316_131849_zpsdb5839ce.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Megacon10edit_zps2e7a9e2b.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Megacon12_zpscbcd6634.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Megacon11_zps79848a89.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Rawredit_zpsee61e577.jpg)

And one more for the silly value:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/Badhairday_zps46d08f35.jpg)

You'll notice that in some of these pics my plates jut out kind of funny. That's because we had finished attaching everything the night before (ran out of time  :P) and the velcro wasn't really agreeing with my vest. Again, thanks go to Danny for the glue that let me keep wearing this, but these pics are by no means an indicator of how everything should fit. I'm getting a replacement vest here shortly, and will be securing my plates much better before I submit for OM status.

I'll be updating this more often from now on, and I have some weathering updates to share very soon!
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Post by: Naren Sprax on May 29, 2013, 02:28 AM
That backplate looks like osik, send it to me for proper disposal.  :P


Really nice job on the jump-pack vod!

Looking great. My suggestion, from what I've read, sew the velcro to the vest. Glue bad, thread good.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 29, 2013, 02:34 AM
Haha, thanks! Glad you like it ner'vod. And yeah, any Velcro that gets used from now on is being sewn on. We didn't really have the time to sew anything on for this convention, we were REALLY cutting it close on time. My plans for attachment with the new vest include sewing in Velcro to it and adding little pouches for rare earth magnets that will coincide with magnets placed on the actual armor. I've learned the hard way what it feels like to have armor falling off of you, and I will NOT be dealing with it again if I can help it.
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Post by: Carid Vhett on May 29, 2013, 07:27 AM
Sounds like my first con. That was embarrasing. Yours went much better.
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Post by: Niabi on May 29, 2013, 11:25 AM
Dont sew the glue on stuff on to your vest use proper sew on stuff as the glue will gum up your sewing machine.

Your kit is looking real nice vod ;)

one thing your back plate looks a little long to me  ???
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Post by: Lem'zig Dee on May 29, 2013, 11:47 AM
What is your vest made out of?  Mine is leather, and all I did was attach the magnets on the inside with heavy duty duct tape!  Have 18 troops and zero fails!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 29, 2013, 12:38 PM
Dont sew the glue on stuff on to your vest use proper sew on stuff as the glue will gum up your sewing machine.

Your kit is looking real nice vod ;)

one thing your back plate looks a little long to me  ???

Don't worry Niabi, we know better than to use glue velcro with a  sewing machine, haha. I planned on having the glue velcro on the plates themselves, and getting some proper sew-on velcro for certain points on the vest. Thanks for the compliment, and my lower plate actually fit fine, it's just that in the one picture you see all of it it's caught on a belt pouch and looks funny.

What is your vest made out of?  Mine is leather, and all I did was attach the magnets on the inside with heavy duty duct tape!  Have 18 troops and zero fails!

The first vest was this leather knock-off material, but over the course of the day we had to actually glue my plates straight to it to get them to stick and it kind of got, well... ruined, haha. My fiance is making me another vest out of duck cloth, and we did plan on putting some magnets on the inside of it. I like the duct tape idea, we were considering sewing tiny pouches for them, but duct tape sounds easier!
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Post by: Ronin Tavic on May 29, 2013, 01:08 PM
For the first con, this is pretty dang awesome, not without minor problems, but still awesome. I'm kinda in love with that jump pack, too. It's pretty awesome, I'm Sirius... (Puns!) :P I've loved this melee Mando from the start, I'm glad it worked out so well. I'm contemplating a similar route for my next kit, with the arm and boot thruster idea. We could have our own brigade of melee mandos! Haha
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Post by: Naren Sprax on May 29, 2013, 01:25 PM
We could have our own brigade of melee mandos! Haha

You mean Force Hunters?  :P
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 29, 2013, 01:59 PM
For the first con, this is pretty dang awesome, not without minor problems, but still awesome. I'm kinda in love with that jump pack, too. It's pretty awesome, I'm Sirius... (Puns!) :P I've loved this melee Mando from the start, I'm glad it worked out so well. I'm contemplating a similar route for my next kit, with the arm and boot thruster idea. We could have our own brigade of melee mandos! Haha

Despite the awful pun, thanks for the compliment! And I haven't checked up in a while, but I seem to recall discussion of some kind of weaponmaster brigade that focused primarily on melee weapons.

You mean Force Hunters?  :P

And yes, it would be separate from Force Hunters. Last time I checked. Which was forever ago. Anyway, it's kind of a moot point with this kit, since I plan on going for the Assassin brigade for this one.  8)
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Post by: Ronin Tavic on May 29, 2013, 03:07 PM
more of an offshoot of force hunters.. and we'd be more awesome  :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Lem'zig Dee on May 29, 2013, 03:10 PM
If you don't plan on washing it (like with the leather), the duct tape is great!  If you are making it out of something that you will be washing I don't know how that would work.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 29, 2013, 11:46 PM
We'll see about the washing bit when we get there, right now I'm more concerned about the armor staying on throughout the day, haha.

In other news, last night we added a bit of scuffing and such to my armor, and I do believe I promised pics, so without further ado:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231143_zps4d11d417.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231302_zps8b2b1ff3.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231532_zps22e4e629.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231909_zps3a105179.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231942_zps88103a30.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231802_zps7fe4220d.jpg)

I also added a decal of the BVC logo onto one of my pauldrons!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130528_231314_zpsba8588a7.jpg)

It still needs a bit of a black wash, and I need to bang up my helmet a bit before I post more pics of that, but that's where my kit stands so far!
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Post by: Manbrolorian on May 30, 2013, 10:10 AM
Yay! You're back!  ;D

Armor upgrades look good, man.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 30, 2013, 11:10 AM
Thanks bro, there's still more to do! After I get official I plan on going into some more radical upgrades, including fully enclosed shnees, small thrusters on those, and potentially the elbows of my gauntlets (not sure about those at this point). I'll also be getting a vibroblade on my right gaunt and a datapad (phone case) on my left. I'd also like to get some lights in my thruster pack eventually.
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Post by: Sinj Kraytbane on May 30, 2013, 11:54 AM
We'll see about the washing bit when we get there, right now I'm more concerned about the armor staying on throughout the day, haha.

I totally know what you mean Sirus!  I was afraid I'd get to comicon and everything would just fall apart, lol!   I didn't see how you strapped everything in, but I had everything hot glued together and it kept popping off, so I used rivets instead and those straps aren't going anywhere now :-D 

But like anything you never know until you troop, then you'll see what things need to be adjusted  :)

Oh also...your kit looks AWESOME.  I love the back!!!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 30, 2013, 12:02 PM
We were wrapping these preparations up like the night before, so we ended up just using the adhesive on the back of industrial strength velcro along with a bit of e6000 and hotglue just to get everything on in time. Needless to say, it didn't work out so well, but with the time frame we had left to work with it was the best we could do. My armor had the most problems, though I was the only one in the group who didn't have a duckcloth vest, mine was a leather-like material, so we're attributing that to the list of reasons why mine failed the most. The fact that I was bending and twisting my torso a lot for poses with my blastsword might have had something to do with it as well.

And thank you for the compliment!
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Post by: Sinj Kraytbane on May 30, 2013, 12:23 PM
We were wrapping these preparations up like the night before, so we ended up just using the adhesive on the back of industrial strength velcro along with a bit of e6000 and hotglue just to get everything on in time. Needless to say, it didn't work out so well, but with the time frame we had left to work with it was the best we could do. My armor had the most problems, though I was the only one in the group who didn't have a duckcloth vest, mine was a leather-like material, so we're attributing that to the list of reasons why mine failed the most. The fact that I was bending and twisting my torso a lot for poses with my blastsword might have had something to do with it as well.

And thank you for the compliment!

That industrial strength velcro is awesome, that's how I have all of my armor on my vest attached and it's not going anywhere.  I also have leather-like (kinda pleather) material as my vest as well, I ended up sewing cloth velcro to that so it sticks better.  I don't know how your sewing skills are, but if you can get someone to sew it on it'll stay very well.

When will you be submitting your app??
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Post by: Sirus the Red on May 30, 2013, 12:39 PM
As I mentioned before, I planned on asking my fiance to sew some sew-on velcro to my new vest, and we also planned on having some rare-earth magnets duct-taped to the inside of the vest as well. My armor will be going nowhere without my say-so, haha.

As far as my app goes, I plan on doing a group submission with the rest of the Clermont Crew once we all had our necessary upgrades finished. Shouldn't be too long now! Maybe a month, maybe two, I'm not gonna set a definite date down yet, but we're excited for the day!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 05, 2013, 12:41 PM
Typical post-Tuesday update time:

Spent most of the day yesterday focusing on my helmet, banged it up a  bit and added some silver  to make it look a bit damaged.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130605_005700_zpsa83a9ac0.jpg)

For that long gash on the right side, I actually took a machete we had lying around and sliced the blade down a bit. I love how that bit came out in particular.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130605_005911_zps0b414869.jpg)

A closer shot of the scratch, the lighting is awful and makes it look kind of wierd, but take my word for it that it looks awesome in person, haha!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130605_005738_zps1243c7b5.jpg)

For the back of the helmet I tried to make it look like I had been knocked down and slid backwards a bit, and we also took a paint defect and turned it into an impact mark, among other minor scratches and scuffs and such.

I should be getting my hands on some black and brown acrylic paint today to give my stuff a good blackwash to dirty it up a bit, hopefully I'll have updated pics up soon.
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Post by: Carid Vhett on Jun 05, 2013, 12:47 PM
I was going to say, all you ned is a black brown wash. Looking good vod.
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Post by: Niabi on Jun 05, 2013, 03:39 PM
dont forget some light scratches as well ;) best done before the black brown wash ;) 
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Post by: Vanlande Ne'trasenaar on Jun 05, 2013, 07:30 PM
dont forget some light scratches as well ;) best done before the black brown wash ;)
THIS. Hit it with some 100 grit sandpaper here and there before you wash it.
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Post by: Carid Vhett on Jun 05, 2013, 09:35 PM
A gravel road also works. I heard, and it gives you some randomness. Just dont do it as cars go past.
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Post by: Sinj Kraytbane on Jun 05, 2013, 10:02 PM
A gravel road also works. I heard, and it gives you some randomness. Just dont do it as cars go past.

Hmm, getting hit by a car I guess would be some weathering  :o
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Post by: Naren Sprax on Jun 05, 2013, 10:08 PM
Looking great vod!  :D
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Post by: Carid Vhett on Jun 05, 2013, 10:16 PM
Hmm, getting hit by a car I guess would be some weathering  :o

The word you ale looking for is authentic.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 05, 2013, 10:51 PM
dont forget some light scratches as well ;) best done before the black brown wash ;) 

I actually have scuffed it up a bit with some various grits of sandpaper already, but I'll probably hit it again before I go in with the wash.

A gravel road also works. I heard, and it gives you some randomness. Just dont do it as cars go past.

Funny you mention that, I actually used a gravel road for most of my weathering. I scraped my pieces along the ground at various angles to see where the paint came up, and then we touched the scrapes up with rub n buff as necessary. didn't really get a whole lot of dirtiness in there, though I had certainly hoped for some.

Anyway, I'll probably get my actual blackwash done tomorrow, hopefully I'll get some pics as well. Thanks for the feedback guys!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 06, 2013, 11:19 PM
Started my blackwashing today, didn't get everything done, but I did manage to hit about half of my armor. It was a bit of a learning process, but it was actually pretty fun and I'm glad I did it, it really looks a lot more like actual damage rather than paint and scrapes:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_164913_zpsd475fe75.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_165000_zps2c715faf.jpg)

This one in particular I really like, it really looks like it's been slashed at a lot.
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_165131_zpscbbc5e72.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_165204_zpsd9f009cf.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_165252_zpsd643de98.jpg)

This one has also come out kind of fantastic, it looks like it's been hit with a lot of shrapnel
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_165320_zpsdea4cf0e.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130606_165351_zps3a5befc8.jpg)

There's still more to do, and  a lot of places I want to go back and touch up, but I like what's come of it so far. My armor is kind of supposed to be handed down from mentor to student across generations, so I'd imagine it'd be a bit beat up.
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Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jun 07, 2013, 12:14 AM
IN my TOTALLY UNBIASED opinion... clean kits are no fun. Weathering just takes it so much further.
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Post by: Nat'rii Ramikad on Jun 07, 2013, 03:29 AM
Very nice.
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Post by: Solus Raam on Jun 07, 2013, 11:27 AM
Weathering looking good!
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Post by: Niabi on Jun 07, 2013, 02:44 PM
Thats some nice weathering vod ;) Top work
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 07, 2013, 09:41 PM
Weathering looking good!

Very nice.

Thats some nice weathering vod ;) Top work

Thanks guys, glad you all like it! I was slightly concerned I had overdone it a bit, haha.

Also, I was browsing through my stuff on Photobucket, and I found this little gem from Megacon of me at the 501st booth shooting up a Clone trooper with an off-brand Nerf gun:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/th_VID_20130316_164107_zps88d8ffaa.jpg) (http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/VID_20130316_164107_zps88d8ffaa.mp4)
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Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jun 07, 2013, 09:57 PM
I've used a machete to weather my helmet too  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 07, 2013, 10:06 PM
Nice!  ;D
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 12, 2013, 10:51 AM
More weathering!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_020319_zps877c62ba.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_020251_zpsab56a05c.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_020155_zps10ad7d46.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_020126_zps48783720.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_020025_zps2e7ba857.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_015928_zpsf851a4c9.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130612_020449_zps29d52e34.jpg)

All that's left is my helmet! Should hopefully get that done by the weekend!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Kelan Ord on Jun 13, 2013, 11:16 AM
Very well done my friend!!! Weathering is top notch!!!
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Post by: Dar'manda on Jun 13, 2013, 06:11 PM
you Sirus-ly got it going on ner vod! Great job!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 14, 2013, 02:05 AM
you Sirus-ly got it going on ner vod! Great job!

 :rolleyes:

Thanks for the compliment, not so much for the awful pun, haha.

Anyway, blackwashed the heck out of my helmet tonight. I might go back and grime up a few more corners and such, but I think it looks good as is for the most part!:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130614_012014_zps0ad829fd.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130614_012034_zps1da8ca8f.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130614_012049_zpscc4d7572.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130614_012106_zps38b85346.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/IMG_20130614_012119_zps47be38a4.jpg)
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Byrek Avery on Jun 14, 2013, 01:59 PM
I still think you should replace the cheeks. Them being rounded makes it very obviously a toy.
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Post by: BobaFiend on Jun 14, 2013, 09:21 PM
I still think you should replace the cheeks. Them being rounded makes it very obviously a toy.

*Like
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Post by: Oryon on Jun 14, 2013, 10:19 PM
I really like this kit, Well done on the weathering, Vod! ;D
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 15, 2013, 12:28 AM
I still think you should replace the cheeks. Them being rounded makes it very obviously a toy.

I'm actually not to concerned about the cheeks, at least not for now. It's on my list of eventual upgrades, but it's really not a priority for me, I don't mind the round cheeks.

I really like this kit, Well done on the weathering, Vod! ;D

Glad you like it!
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Post by: Swift on Jun 15, 2013, 02:23 AM
That weathering really bought everything together nicely :D
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Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Jun 15, 2013, 06:26 AM
Just stand next to me in pictures...I've got round cheeks, too!   :laugh: Of course my kit will never, ever be finished!  Upgrades until the end of time, LOL!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 15, 2013, 09:18 AM
That weathering really bought everything together nicely :D

Yeah, it definitely added a lot of eye candy to the kit!

Just stand next to me in pictures...I've got round cheeks, too!   :laugh: Of course my kit will never, ever be finished!  Upgrades until the end of time, LOL!

Round cheeks unite!  :laugh:

And I don't think any costuming project is ever truly 100% finished. Between minor repairs and upgrade ideas, there's always something to do.
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Post by: Dar'manda on Jun 15, 2013, 02:18 PM
I personally don't see a problem with the rounded cheeks. Gives it a little more softer feeling rather then all the sharp lines of a standard Mando bucket. And kudos Sirus. Up until the cheeks were mentioned and I went and looked at your bucket a little closer I didn't know you were using a J2Pc













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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 15, 2013, 11:37 PM
Like, I realize that people who know what to look for *cough cough Mandos  :P* will recognize it as a J2P primarily because of the rounded cheeks, and I do plan on eventually replacing them to be flat, but most people who see it don't really know the difference. Again, I don't mind the cheeks, especially not before I get official, and I'll probably be getting a medium stalker for this kit eventually anyway.

And thanks for the compliment Krie.
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Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Jun 16, 2013, 08:24 AM
Now let's see that new tinted visor in!
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 16, 2013, 08:47 AM
I'll try to get that in on either Tuesday or Thursday!
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Post by: Solus Raam on Jun 18, 2013, 09:09 AM
You know how much I love the weathering. Excited to see the helmet with new visor in.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 18, 2013, 09:31 AM
Gonna get some work done on the armor today! I don't know if I'll be working on the visor right away, I'll be focusing mainly on getting magnets and such attached before working on other projects. But I will be getting it done soon!

Also, in other news, my vest is almost done!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Byrek Avery on Jun 18, 2013, 05:04 PM
I personally don't see a problem with the rounded cheeks. Gives it a little more softer feeling rather then all the sharp lines of a standard Mando bucket.

Boba's bucket was designed to be sharp and intimidating, just like the rest of the armor. I don't think a softer feel is desired.

Up until the cheeks were mentioned and I went and looked at your bucket a little closer I didn't know you were using a J2Pc


And that's just it, we look at the helmets and it's like "Wow it looks good!" and then we get to the cheeks and it becomes clear as a toy. They become fine helmets after the cheek mods, but until then, they're toys.
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 19, 2013, 10:24 AM
Boba's bucket was designed to be sharp and intimidating, just like the rest of the armor. I don't think a softer feel is desired.
 

And that's just it, we look at the helmets and it's like "Wow it looks good!" and then we get to the cheeks and it becomes clear as a toy. They become fine helmets after the cheek mods, but until then, they're toys.

As far as the roundness of my cheeks go, certain aspects of my armor, mainly my thrusters, have a very rounded feel to them, so the cheeks help those features seem not so out of place.

And I actually take offense to that second comment, with all of the work and modifications I've put into my helmet, it's no toy. It stopped being a toy a long time ago, ner'vod. I can understand your position and do appreciate your feedback, I really do, but don't call my helmet a toy. There's plenty of OMs out there with rounded cheeks.
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Post by: TracynSenaar on Jun 20, 2013, 07:42 PM
Boba's bucket was designed to be sharp and intimidating, just like the rest of the armor. I don't think a softer feel is desired.
 

And that's just it, we look at the helmets and it's like "Wow it looks good!" and then we get to the cheeks and it becomes clear as a toy. They become fine helmets after the cheek mods, but until then, they're toys.

I happen to have exceptionally rounded cheeks. And I like them a lot.
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Post by: Dar'manda on Jun 20, 2013, 08:03 PM
I would cover up the vents with a mesh like material. Keeps the air flowing but closes up the holes left from cutting them out. My only advice. Also on the note of the rounded cheeks its Sirus's bucket, if he wants the rounded cheek he can keep em. There's nothing about it in the CRLs. Everybody is entiled to his/their opnion and you can voice it within reason. But there is a stopping point. Anyway. Keep up the great work vod.  As I said the only change i'd make is cover up the vents and you'd be great in my book. =)
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 21, 2013, 10:25 AM
Putting some mesh behind the vents is also on the list of things to do eventually. The next thing I'm doing regarding my kit is taking the old visor out and putting a new one in, with no wrinkles this time!
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Post by: Dar'manda on Jun 21, 2013, 07:29 PM
send that old one my way =)
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jun 21, 2013, 09:32 PM
You don't want it, the acetate is all wrinkled and krinkled up, and although you can't tell in some pictures, it becomes blatantly apparent in others.
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jul 31, 2013, 02:25 AM
My, it has been awhile. I've got quite a few photos of me at Metrocon to share with you all very soon, but while I gather my resources together, I must offer you a brief word of warning:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/MandoMemeBraceYourself_zps58018aa4.jpg)
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Post by: Swift on Jul 31, 2013, 02:51 AM
Heh, I saw some of your pics on teh Tumblez. Can't wait for more!
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Post by: Kane Friax on Jul 31, 2013, 02:53 AM
YAY! Sirus buddy is almost OM! :D

We need to troop together vod :)

-Kane
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jul 31, 2013, 01:23 PM
Heh, I saw some of your pics on teh Tumblez. Can't wait for more!

Are you following me on tumblr, vod? If so, what's your username? PM me if you don't want it public.

YAY! Sirus buddy is almost OM! :D

We need to troop together vod :)

-Kane

Yay indeed! and trooping sounds great!

Also, here's the first wave of the photo dump I promised:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/SirusEdit1_zpscbe37d71.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/SirusEdit2_zps2bf58a58.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/SirusEdit3_zps27fa382a.jpg)
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Post by: Carid Vhett on Jul 31, 2013, 01:41 PM
Looking awesome.
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Post by: Vanlande Ne'trasenaar on Jul 31, 2013, 06:49 PM
Looking real good! I would say that gunblade rivals my own vibrosword even!
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Thaxos on Jul 31, 2013, 06:55 PM
Looking quite good.

One thing that catches the eye and detracts from your kit is the exposed skin on your right wrist in the second photo.

Not sure if that doesn't usually show or if it's something you need to tweak. Either way, keep up the good work.
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Post by: Calder Varad on Aug 01, 2013, 12:21 AM
I only just realized you're not an OM. Dude, you're sooooo close. I mean, obviously the app team has a better eye than myself, but your kit looks real good. Do your tweakin' and get official vod!  ;D
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Post by: Ronin Tavic on Aug 01, 2013, 12:47 AM
Gah I still love this kit. It's so sharp and clean(no excessive greebles I mean; streamlined)... and the helmet is awesome, I love how with a few little tweaks you've made it totally unique. Not something I'd want sneaking up behind me. Keep it up!
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Post by: Tracyn Ordo on Aug 01, 2013, 01:12 AM
My suggestions would be to trim the chest plates slightly as they are very close together at the moment, and also to tidy up the edge of the fin on the helmet. At the moment the edges of all the layers of plastic are very clearly visible.
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Post by: Deimos Ordo on Aug 01, 2013, 01:24 AM
I love the Kit, I agree with Tracyn Ordo on the Spacing, trim them, Weather the Red on the Kama?? maybe?

Great Work, not long Now  8)
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Post by: Niabi on Aug 03, 2013, 03:43 PM
Cool pics vod ;D
Title: Re: First Build WIP (Wearable!) Opinions wanted! New Megacon pics, page 20!
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 08, 2014, 04:42 PM
So I haven't posted here in quite a while, not since I've become official anyway. First off I want to say thank you to all of you who have helped me so much along the way. Sorry I haven't posted in a good long while, nothing major concerning kit upgrades has really been done and I've had school and personal life to keep up with.

However, now that Megacon is edging ever closer, it's time for me to get to work again!

First on the task list was repairing one of my shnees, which fell apart as I was taking it off at the end of the Titusville Christmas parade not too long ago. The base reapir for that wasn't to bad, just some clever application of a few glues, but I worry for it's long term stability.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140108_010_zps0362e8fd.jpg)

I'll probably add some epoxy along the inside ridge to stabilize it a bit more, but not to long from now I plan on making new, fully enclosed shnees that I can mount some thrusters onto the back of, and these will be more curvy and pointy to better match my overall kit style.

Next up was something I've put off for too long, replacing my visor tint with something that won't wrinkle up. I still have yet to put the new visor in, but I did manage to rip the old one out without hurting anything, though my fangs have suffered a bit for it:

Sadface  :'(
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140108_002_zpseeb0e798.jpg)

What it looked like fresh out of the helmet
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140108_004_zps3d21dff3.jpg)

Gave it a good cleaning, it hasn't been this clean in ages
(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140108_006_zps9818411e.jpg)
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Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 08, 2014, 07:01 PM
XD Clean!

Lookin good vod! fix up that visor and get back out  there!

-Kane
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Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Jan 08, 2014, 08:36 PM
I look forward to seeing your progress.  You have a great kit, and I foresee it only getting better.

By the way, do you have a template/ pattern for that cape?  I'm just slightly in love with it...
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Post by: Kane Friax on Jan 08, 2014, 10:20 PM
By the way, do you have a template/ pattern for that cape?  I'm just slightly in love with it...

Ditto

(http://pldh.net/media/pokemon/ken_sugimori/update1/132.png)

-Kane
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 08, 2014, 11:04 PM
I look forward to seeing your progress.  You have a great kit, and I foresee it only getting better.

By the way, do you have a template/ pattern for that cape?  I'm just slightly in love with it...

Thanks boss, better is certainly the plan!

As for my scarf/cape thing, it's honestly just a rectangular piece of fabric that we fold up a bit and wrap around my neck, no pattern necessary.  :P

Though If you guys want, I can get some exact measurements for you. I plan on weathering it and dirtying it up a bit soon, so I'll have it out anyway.
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Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jan 08, 2014, 11:42 PM
Glad to see you back in the game boss. can't wait for more upgrades :)
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 09, 2014, 01:00 AM
Glad to see you back in the game boss. can't wait for more upgrades :)

Thanks ner'vod! I've got some plans, for sure!
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Post by: Solus Raam on Jan 09, 2014, 10:52 AM
Keep up the awesome work bud. Will be cool to see that new visor in at Mega :)
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Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 15, 2014, 05:12 PM
Visor re-installed!  ;D

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140115_013_zps6e4d6170.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140115_016_zps7794f712.jpg)

Admittedly nerve-wracking, but everything went off without too much of a hitch. I took special care when securing it into the helmet, so that I wouldn't have a repeat of my last visor tint crinkling up.

There are still a few things that need to be touched up though:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140115_002_zps83017cad.jpg)

I need to weather around the cracks where the fangs got moved during the re-installation.

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140115_008_zpse4d0983f.jpg)

I filled in some of the gaps with epoxy, but these areas will be receiving some touchups as well to help them blend in

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140115_012_zps8f39b60c.jpg)

Next up is making sure both shnees are up to snuff for the upcoming photo-shoot and convention!
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 24, 2014, 01:13 AM
Finally got around to trimming my backplate up a bit. The lower portion was hanging off my vest and interfering with my belt, so it was time for some of it to go!

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140124_001_zpsb49fd8af.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140124_002_zpsd5d2b784.jpg)

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140124_004_zps0b955fb1.jpg)

Still needs a bit of touch-up weathering, but it looks good enough so far. Here's hoping I'll be able to bend around better in kit!
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Kelan Ord on Jan 24, 2014, 09:00 AM
Man I like those thrusters!!!
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Jan 24, 2014, 10:30 AM
Thanks boss! I really need to look into making a cast of them, I feel like they would sell pretty well... maybe some day!
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 02, 2014, 07:08 PM
Minor update, but I plan on redoing my kama before to long, as I feel it's a bit too much black in a primarily red/gray kit. Here's a shot of the fabric I'm looking at replacing it with:

(http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t437/Sirusthered/WP_20140131_005_zps98a63e4a.jpg)

For some reason my phone automatically brightened every image I took in that store,  the red is a bit darker in real life, and looks much nicer. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Naasad Tal on Feb 03, 2014, 01:55 AM
At first glance I did NOT see thrusters...but now...BADSHEBS!!!
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 03, 2014, 11:08 AM
Thanks boss, glad you like them.  ;D
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Vanlande Ne'trasenaar on Feb 11, 2014, 11:09 PM
This makes no sense but I see you as my south FL doppelganger. We started about the same time, but that's not it. We both have our core 'squad' too, but IDK. I dig it man, I see a lot of my passion in you. You do a great job, brother.
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Feb 12, 2014, 12:21 AM
maybe its the mirrored profile pic... twinsies!!!  :P
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Atindralerd on Feb 12, 2014, 12:48 AM
LOVE.THIS.BUILD!
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Post by: Svik Katora on Feb 12, 2014, 01:09 AM
Good good. Let the kandosii flow through you.
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Vanlande Ne'trasenaar on Feb 12, 2014, 01:12 AM
maybe its the mirrored profile pic... twinsies!!!  :P
HAHA Totally
Title: Re: Sirus the Red First Build WIP (Upgrades start page 25!)
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 12, 2014, 12:26 PM
This makes no sense but I see you as my south FL doppelganger. We started about the same time, but that's not it. We both have our core 'squad' too, but IDK. I dig it man, I see a lot of my passion in you. You do a great job, brother.

I totally see it. There's a lot of aesthetic and functional similarities to our kits, and I think we'd make an awesome 'in-universe' tag-team. I have a lot of respect for you, your kit, and your crew vod, and I can't wait to troop with you one day.

maybe its the mirrored profile pic... twinsies!!!  :P

That's definitely it. Sword/pistol buddies!

LOVE.THIS.BUILD!

Thanks boss! Looking into upgrading my attachment method though, I'm never satisfied with how well my plates stay on me. But then again, I tend to make some really weird movements, so I'm partially to blame here to.